November 2, 2009
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This series is definitely running out of gas. What started out as a truly spooky concept has been watered down over the years. When a horror movie franchise dips in quality, one expects to see nudity or great gore scenes in its place. In Saw VI, neither is present.
VI picks up where Saw V left off, with Detective Hoffman attempting to cover his tracks. But a small miss of his has him scrambling to stop the force he works for from finding him out. What is a bit of cat and mouse with little payoff. The other plotline is the victim, an insurance claims man who is known for his denials more than his approvals. Early on we see that Jigsaw, though dead, had chosen this man a while ago. He must overcome his self-serving nature to save both his family and himself.
Once again, the movie layers the previous movies into the a plot that is almost hard to decipher. I’d love to see a site that puts all events of the franchise in chronological order. The last five minutes is also there. The whole wrap-everything-up-in-the-last-five-minutes-and-trick-them concept. All in all, a letdown by horror standards and a big letdown in overall. 1.5 out of 5 stars