Reviewed by: Brian C. Johnson
Every time you buy a movie ticket or rent a video you are casting a vote telling Hollywood “That’s what I want.” Why does Hollywood continue to promote immoral programming? Are YOU part of the problem? Answer
VIOLENCE—How does viewing violence in movies affect families? Answer
About murder in the Bible
Death in the Bible
Where did cancer come from? Answer
Saw I (2004)
Saw II (2005)
Saw III (2006)
Saw IV (2007)
Saw V (2008)
Saw 3D: The Traps Come Alive (2010)
|Featuring:||Tobin Bell (Jigsaw/John), Costas Mandylor, Mark Rolston, Betsy Russell, Shawnee Smith, Peter Outerbridge, Samantha Lemole, Tanedra Howard, Marty Moreau, Shawn Ahmed, Janelle Hutchison, Gerry Mendicino, Caroline Cave, George Newbern, Shauna MacDonald, Devon Bostick, Darius McCrary, Shawn Mathieson, Melanie Scrofano, Karen Cliche, James Gilbert, Larissa Gomes, Dan Duran, James Van Patten, Jon Mack, François Sagat, Elle Downs, Tenika Davis, Karl Campbell, Ginger Busch, Jessie Rusu, Mpho Koaho, Chris Owens, Vicki Papvas, Catherine Rix, John Watson|
|Producer:||Twisted Pictures, Peter Block, Mark Burg, Daniel J. Heffner, Kaleigh Kavanagh, Oren Koules, Stacey Testro, James Wan, Leigh Whannell|
“The game comes full circle”
He may be dead and gone, but his “important” work continues. Renowned as the Jigsaw Killer (for the elaborate tests he requires and the puzzle-pieced shape he cuts from the flesh of his victims, John Kramer (Tobin Bell) continues to lead his disciples of death long after his own death from cancer. This sixth installment (and final?) installment of the “Saw” series answers many of the questions fans of the series have been longing to know since the first episode.
We learned in an earlier film about Kramer, a successful real estate tycoon, and his beautiful wife, Jill (Betsy Russell), a big hearted doctor who works at a methadone clinic. Regrettably, one of Jill’s regulars attempts to rob the clinic and accidentally hurts a very pregnant Jill, who loses the baby. John was never a fan of the work Jill performed, citing that providing drugs to the drug-addicted is only masking the problem; he argues that only until the addicted have a real will to live will they be able to kick the habit. Following the death of the baby they had already named Gideon, John sets out to teach people to fight for their lives, and thus, Jigsaw was born.
Continuing the storyline from the fifth sequel, detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) has become a disciple of Jigsaw and promises to carry on his work after John’s demise. Hoffman has perfected his skills, and, in a series of flashbacks, we watch Jigsaw’s training program. To cover his own tracks, Hoffman attempts to frame Agent Strahm for the series of grisly murders (Strahm is the last victim of “Saw V”). While police follow Strahm’s trail, Hoffman must complete a series of five tasks bequeathed to him by his mentor—including an elaborate “game” (as John called his tests) for Will (Peter Outerbridge), the insurance company executive who denied John’s claim for an experimental cancer treatment that may have spared his life.
Fans of the series will not be disappointed; the blood, gore, and elaborate machinations of Jigsaw and his protégés are all here. Sadly, much of the psychological thrill of the original “Saw” film is gone—this movie is ultimately little more than eye candy for those with a blood lust. Credit to the writers for cluing the audience in on John’s descent into madness. Also a shout out to Tanedra Howard, making her screen debut as one of the victims in the opening scenes. Howard earned her place in the film for being the winner of VH1’s reality series, “Scream Queens” which was hosted by veteran “Saw” actress, Shawnee Smith. Howard’s acting was amateurish, but congratulations anyway.
Most Christian audiences will be completely turned off by this film; it is definitely not for children or for the faint of heart. Those that can stand it may find interesting themes about the importance of families, righteous living, and honoring your commitments. There is, also, a chiding commentary on the health insurance industry that certainly could be fodder for continued dialogue. Furthermore, at the center of John’s “mission” is his belief in living the best life we are given—that is a message that we all can try to reproduce in our lives.
Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: None
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