Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Saw VI

Saw VI 2009
Director: Kevin Greutert
Writers: Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton
Starring Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell, Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Mark Rolston, Peter Outerbridge, Athena Karkanis, Samantha Lemole and Tanedra Howard

The Saw series seems to get a lot of negativity and I just do not see why that is. With each succeeding film it builds on the last one, creating a rich tapestry that gets deeper and more complex with each film. I would say that this is a series that most viewers need to be on the ground floor with or they will certainly be lost. The latest in the franchise, I think is the best one yet. It has some great twists and turns and does not end in the way you expect it will. Tobin Bell is back giving even more layers to Jigsaw and the social commentary on health care could not have come at a better time. The traps are creative and decidedly bloody as always. The most important thing though is seeing how everything fits together and it gives the viewer a great pay off at the ending. In my book, this is the only horror franchise that is still running strong and I cannot wait to see where the next film goes.
The plot basics are this, it picks up immediately after the ending of Saw V, where Hoffman (Mandylor) has finally got the better of his pursuer Peter Strahm and it seems as if now that his continuing of the legacy of Jigsaw will go on uninterrupted. That is until JIll (Russell) reveals what was left in the box John (Bell) left her. It also seems that their is a deeper investigation into Strahm, spearheaded by agent Lindsay Perez (Karkanis) and this will put a damper on Hoffman's latest victim William Easton (Outerbridge) a health insurance agent who has a tendency to deny anyone who doesn't fit his specific formula of coverage. Now, Hoffman is meting out his brand of justice on Easton, for what he has done to countless people who needed help, such as John. As Easton goes through his lessons, it seems that Hoffman is getting led astray by the investigation on Jigsaw and it seems as if his incognito status may be gone. It all leads to a ending where all parties re converge and it does not end well for many of them.
This was a phenomenally well done film. Unlike the last Saw Film which was for most parts a dark and depressing affair, this one has a wicked sense of humor to it, and it really seems to revel in it. The direction by Greutert is tight. He sets up the traps well and films them beautifully. The best example of this is the merry go round trap[ which was just beautifully evil. He also does great with the quieter moments, such as the discussion between Jill and John over their life. The script is smart and witty. You see more unseen sides of Jigsaw in the film, and that is surprising, as you would not expect to see anything new after the character has been dead for 3 films,. The characters of Jill and Hoffman are utilized well too. The cast is exceptional. Mandylor really makes you loathe Hoffman and really hope he does get caught. Russell is great as JIll and gives a great layered performance, not something you would expect from the actress who is best known for Private School. Bell is amazing as always and gives a great performance that really makes you feel the anger for the health care system that he does. It is nice to see Smith back again too and she gives the viewers some revelations that you do not see coming. The SFX aned effects are amazing. They are brutal and mesmerizing to watch. The final trap is the icing on the cake. It is something so original and creative that you cannot believe you are seeing it. This is a great addition to the series and I just hope that the Saw series continues to surprise me in this fashion.
This one gets 5 out of 5

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