Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Saw Series

It seems that the Saw series needs a reboot.  Saw X: Jigsaw Goes to Space, anyone?  I can see the trailer now: "I want to play a game...  In SPACE."

It worked for the Friday the 13th series.

Saw VI (2009, Kevin Greutert) - 90 min.

Well, it was better than Saw III - Saw V.  Saw VI follows the usual plot line of the Saw movies and, of course, has the now obligatory twist at the end of the film, which, again, feels like it was pulled out of somebody's arse.

On the brighter side, there was some great gore.  The effects team relied on "real" effects rather than CGI, which I always give kudos for.  There was also a pretty tense scene in which two characters were in one of Jigsaw's traps and they were each attached to a breathing device and a device around their chests that would slowly crush them if they breathed.  It was a test to see which character was more physically fit and therefore more "fit to survive."  The scene definitely had me holding my breath.

The main pitfall of Saw VI, however, is the blatantly obvious attempt at commentary on the "evils of the insurance companies."  Really?  I mean, I'm watching a Saw movie, not a film by Michael Moore.  Keep your politics out of my Saw movie, Mr. Director!

6/10