To get you in the right mood, I will first tell you what I currently drink. Its not alcoholic or anything, no. Its in a pink plastic bottle, it was very very cheap and right next to my energy drinks in the store. How could I resist “Disney’s Hannah Montana Star 4u Drink” in “mild strawberry & vanilla”? It has more bubbles than anything else I ever drank, mostly tastes like water and it disgusts me. I just love disgusting things.
Now, with this visual, let’s advance to another quite disgusting fact: I liked Saw VI.
Yes, I liked Saw VI. In a “I liked Saw VI better than Saw IV or Saw V” way, that is. And that’s basically like saying “I like typhus better than ebola because at least your eyes don’t bleed so bad”.
What makes Saw VI better than the last 2 parts? There are several things:
Tobin Bell. He’s more around since he died than ever. Its not just Mark (that’s the new killer’s name, I realized that after about 50 minutes and totally missed it in the last 2 movies) we have to endure.
No more mixing up cop and killer. Because the cop is the killer now. They could have made that twist a bit more interesting, but oh well, maybe that would have been simply too Dexter.
Story. Yeah, there is one. Jigsaw finishes open business with the insurance company that denied his cancer therapy. We go back to the Saw III concept of one main victim having to question his past decisions and face their consequences. It was less random this time.
Traps. They were pretty balanced. Some real gory ones like the first, but also some that were visually less spectacular and made more sense for the story instead, like the choice between the secretary and the data clerk.
Sure there were also some downsides. No big surprise for a VI-sequel. The old Saw illness of having to tell the background story of each and every person that was ever anywhere on the set, for example. But this time, they didn’t do it as annoying as before.
The trap I didn’t like for several reasons was the russian roulette type with the 6 employees on the chairs. First of all, I couldn’t really see what happened to the main victim when he decided to let one live (scene too dark), and that was inconsequent for Saw. And secondly, I would have liked to know the reasoning behind the choices. 4 die, 2 live, fine. But I didn’t see in any way on what the choices were based. The other traps, and this one likely too, had the purpose to teach that man that his formula was wrong. During the choice trap before, he had to revise his formula already – formula says a healthy young man with no realitives and no history of chronic illness is valued higher than an older woman with a disease history in her family and many relatives. He lets the woman live, despite his own formula. He obviously admitted he was wrong with that, and this part was what I missed about the roulette trap. He kinda randomly let live and die, without any hints why he made what choices.
We also have to deal with a lot flashbacks, but oh well, that was to be expected.
The finale grande had a “oh wait, I’ve seen that before” effect. The trapped woman and son were supposed to be mistaken for the victim’s family, but are actually the wife and son of a man that died because the insurance denied to cover his treatment, early in the movie. The annoying reporter turned out to be the victim’s wife, and she made only little sense all the time. Got kidnapped and woke up in a room, but destroyed the tape before she (or I, or anyone) ever heard what Jigsaw told her, if there was a trap or a way to escape for her. That made it slightly obvious to guess that she was there for another reason.
I did like the mix up in Saw III, but not so much here.
Then, the woman and son get to decide if the insurance guy will live or die. Jigsaw grants the victims a chance to take revenge or show mercy – yet another thing we’ve seen in Saw III; it was all about forgiving. A very open repeat of that concept, if I may say so.
I’m glad Mark is dead. I didn’t like him as Jigsaw. Not at all. Amanda, yes. She was a good heir. She had a reason and a background that made sense. About Mark, I never really understood why he helped Jigsaw. He just did. And through 3 movies, his motivation was never revealed, at least not that I noticed or understood.
So who’s left? On what characters can we put our money for another sequel? Jill, Jigsaw’s wife, finishes his work. She was a top bet for quite a while to become the new Jigsaw. The reporter survived unharmed, but also unchanged. She had no trap or lesson that her habit to exploit others for her profit was wrong. She saw her husband die, but that doesn’t turn you into a killer. Wife and son of the man that died. Wife, not so much. She didn’t pull the trigger. But her son did. He’s about 16 I’d say – old enough to become a killer? We’ve seen less logic in Saw IV already, so why not?
Famous last words: I can live with this as the end of the Saw legacy. Really, its a good movie. It shows the best sides of the concept again, after 2 really disappointing sequels. Its a good moment to stop and let it rest. A worthy last impression if you will. And Hannah Montana is smiling at this movie.