Saw VI

Movie review by
James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
Saw VI Movie Poster Image
Sixth film in revenge series is just as bloody as the rest.
  • R
  • 2009
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 42 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

There's some lip service paid to the human will to live, but it's coated in blood. A critique of health care and for-profit insurance is intrinsic to the film's plot, but it's also smothered in gore.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Not a single character in the film shows mercy, kindness, or forgiveness when given the chance. The protagonist displays some selflessness but still dies at the hands of someone desiring revenge. 

Violence

Constant bloody, grisly violence, including horrifying deathtraps requiring self-mutilation in order to escape, fighting, shooting at point-blank range, dismemberment, disembowelment, decapitation, death by crushing, hanging (by barbed wire), slashed jugulars, shootings, being set on fire, and much more. And it's all depicted with state-of-the-art makeup and gore.

Sex

Some cleavage.

Language

Constant strong language, including "f--k" and its derivatives, "s--t," "ass," "p---y," "hell," "goddamn," and much more.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink beer, wine, and hard liquor. Discussions of the health effects of smoking (smoking itself is shown); a smoker's reduced lung capacity winds up being what kills him (as part of a deathtrap, of course). Discussion of the psychological characteristics and chemical treatment of addiction, including methadone.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Saw VI, like all of the "torture porn"movies in the Saw series, revolves around cruelty, gore, and diabolical deathtraps -- all smothered in horrific make-up and special effects. A person is injected with acid until they literally melt in half; a group of people are shot, one by one, at point-blank range; and so on -- the deaths are brutal, bloody, and lingered over (viewers will see exposed organs, compound fractures shoving shattered bone edges through flesh, and worse). The movie is theoretically trying to make a few points about healthcare, but any social commentary is lost amid the buckets of blood and constant strong language.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAzelma February 6, 2010
The Saw movies have a really bad rep, and I felt the need to point out (for all who will believe me) that it only deserves half of that rep. Is it every bit as... Continue reading
Adult Written byclarence August 5, 2015
Teen, 16 years old Written bydavidguitar15..... March 18, 2011

Whatever

Fun movie, but its very gory
Teen, 13 years old Written bySeminolefreak March 15, 2011

Very gory, as usual.....

My MPAA Rating, R: Grisly horror violence, graphic bloody violence, and strong language

What's the story?

In SAW VI, even though Jigsaw killer John Kramer (Tobin Bell) is dead, his work continues under the stewardship of FBI agent Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) and his ex-wife, Jill (Betsy Russell). They create an elaborate series of deathtraps to test the character of William (Peter Outerbridge), the insurance claims executive who previously terminated Kramer's coverage. As Hoffman springs the traps and tests, he's also being pursued by his peers in law enforcement -- and while Hoffman thinks he's aware of Kramer's final deadly game, he's about to get a rude awakening.

Is it any good?

This is far more well-made and inventive than it had to be, but there's no denying that time and repetition have dulled any edge the Saw films might have originally had. At this point, the Saw series has moved beyond whether or not the films are good or bad; they're more like a restaurant with a good location, released every year around Halloween to make a safe, reliable profit. Written by longtime series stewards Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton -- and directed by longtime series editor Kevin Greutert -- Saw VI leans heavily on the intricacies and back story of the previous films; viewers see moments from all five previous films in a new light based on revelations that only the very dedicated will be able to follow, much less care about.

The performances range from wooden to weak, with only Bell's studious sociopath making much of an impression; the production design's grim, grimy gloom is also effective. It's galling that we're left with another possible new direction for the series -- which is an appealing prospect only if you're a member of the board of directors at Lionsgate.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of the Saw movies. What draws audiences to movies like this?

  • How do the violent images in movies like this impact viewers, especially young ones? Why do you think there's been a trend toward these "torture porn" movies in recent years?

Movie details

For kids who love thrills

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