Not a surprise: there is a Saw VI. A complete surprise: it’s one of the best in the franchise. I readily admit to not being the biggest Saw fan in the world. I didn’t totally get what the big deal was, why it blew up so much. My guess is it was a horror movie that appealed to people who usually didn’t go see horror movies. Regardless, the first installment was good, the second was blah, the third was good (I think it may even be the best) and parts four and five were both utter piles of shit. I had held high hopes for the writing team of Melton and Dunstan and now, finally, they’ve proved why they got the job. Shame it took three movies to do it, but Saw VI reinvigorates the series.

The story picks up immediately after the previous installment with Hoffman now in control of Jigsaw’s operation. He sets into motion a grand scheme that, rather timely, draws in a man and those around him at a large insurance company responsible for denying claims. He knew John (Jigsaw) before and, in fact, was the one who turned down experimental treatments for him in the name of saving cash. Before the night is over, all will be tested and some will fail.

Kills

At least 12 people are killed in a wide variety of ways, giving this a great body count.

Ills

It’s not Saw if there aren’t a half dozen different ways to kill someone. An arm is cut off, some flesh is removed, a screw is jammed into a head. Toss in some smashed bodies, plenty of blood, some gunshots, a dude peeing his pants and you’re maybe through the first 20 minutes. There is some crushing, barbed wire strangulation, burns, spikes, shotguns, slashes, stabs, acid needles, and body melting, among others.

Lust

Jigsaw’s wife is a MILF, but Saw has never been known to show us the titties and they don’t change that here.

Learning

Appreciate your life and your position or someone will devise a totally fucked up way to kill you.

Review

As I said in the intro, I’m in agreement with the bad Dr. Cole Abaius – this is a good flick. It’s easily in the top 3 of the franchise. While that doesn’t say much considering parts four and five, it’s definitely above the fold. For fans of VH1′s Scream Queens, you probably noticed Tanedra, Season 1′s winner, in the beginning of the film. Her performance here proved what I thought back during the airing of the show – she shouldn’t have won. Her performance is crap, but at least it’s short lived before the real game gets underway.

While good, the story isn’t perfect – the whole franchise has become very convoluted and it’s best to just swing with the twists and watch people get killed. The rules, once again, are seemingly bent as innocents are killed. Granted, a lot of the assholes who bite it are indeed assholes and have done bad things, but at least two – the janitor and the file clerk – are seemingly decent people. The janitor was weakly accused of, I guess, not paying enough attention to his own health. But neither of them really fit the bill of traditional Jigsaw victims.

All in all, if you’ve stuck with the franchise thus far, this is one of the better installments. If you’ve given up, give this one a check out. It has a mostly self-contained storyline when you really get down to it and the kills are well executed.

Blu-ray

The Blu-ray doesn’t differ much from the DVD release in terms of extras, but the quality of the picture and sound are both excellent. The best bonus feature on the Blu-ray is the inclusion of the original Saw on Blu-ray on its own disc. Yeah, you’re getting two flicks for the price of one and that’s always a good deal.

On the Living Side: The franchise returns to its stride and offers up plenty of kills.

On the Dead Side: Trying to meld all the backstory together gets messy and confusing.

On the Other Side: As I mentioned, the girl in the opening sequence won the role by winning VH1′s Scream Queen’s contest, hosted by James Gunn.


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