Sunday, October 25, 2009

Saw 6 - Breathing New Life Into The Franchise

I should start by saying that i've always been a fan of the Saw movies, from the very beginning. You always know what you're in store for and if you go in expecting nothing more than what they always deliver, ya really can't be dissapointed by them. With Saw 6, I expected more of the same. I expected to like it, but not love it. I expected to think it was acceptable, not exceptional - and acceptable would've been enough for me to walk out of the theatre feeling like I got my money's worth. But i'm happy to say that Saw 6 more than delivers the expected goods and then some. It's one of the best, smartest, and coolest Saw flicks yet and the fact that the writers/filmmakers continue to make these things work, long after Jigsaw took a circular saw to the throat, is incredibly impressive and is something that should be more appreciated by us horror fans. The way they tie the events of every film into one another is something I am continually in awe of and serious kudos must be given, whether you even dig the movies or not. For this reason, I think the franchise as a whole is very underrated, underestimated, and underappreciated. They may not all be the greatest movies ever made, but the fact that they're still entertaining and the fact that they still fit into the same story that was started five years ago is something to be commended. So get off its back, will ya?

I also feel the franchise is seen in the wrong light by the masses - most of whom probably haven't even seen a single frame of any of the movies. Granted, yes, they are 'torture porn' flicks on the surface, but they're so much more than that. They're smart, they get ya thinking, and they raise some real issues about the world and the people that inhabit it. When do real hot button issues like the health care system and the fucked up people that decide the fate of our lives ever get raised in gory horror movies? The answer is that they never do - only in the Saw movies. Sometimes it takes extreme torture and gore to get our attention and show us how fucked up the people in this world are and that's precisely what Saw does. It grabs you by the balls and demands you listen to its message. Without all the bloodshed, i'm afraid we'd simply never listen. As Spacey said in Seven, "When wanting people to listen, you can't just tap them on the shoulder anymore. You have to hit them with a sledgehammer, and then you'll notice you've got their strict attention." The Saw franchise picks that sledgehammer up and beats the shit out of us with it year after year, but it's not merely for the sake of mindlessly spilling copious amounts of plasma - like so many seem to think. These movies have a message and Saw 6, more than all of the previous movies, screwdrives that message deep into the brain and really gets ya thinking. If you watch it and find yourself siding with and rooting for Jigsaw and seeing him as the least reprehensible character in the entire movie, don't worry, you're not alone.....

So should you go see it? Since us horror fans seem to be pretty torn when it comes to the franchise - half of us love it, half of us hate it - all I can really say is that if you're into the franchise and what it's all about, you will love Saw 6 and you should definetly head out and see it. If you're not, don't even bother with it - you're just gonna end up hating on it. And if you liked the first few but weren't too impressed with the last couple (I wasn't either), definetly give the franchise another shot because Saw 6 proves that the series still has some juice left in its tank, despite the fact that Jigsaw and Amanda are long gone. The badass that is Hoffman more than makes up for their absence and don't worry, there's plenty of Jigsaw and Amanda flashbacks to satisfy your desires.

Bring on Saw 7! Halloween just isn't Halloween without Saw and I for one hope these things never come to an end!

Oh and one last thing. Tandera, the chick who won Scream Queens and thus won a role in this movie, totally rocked it. Her part wasn't huge but she had more screen time than I expected and she blended in seamlessly with the other actors. I was afraid she'd stick out like a sore thumb, but she most definetly did not. Huge props to her for that.


Emily said...

Yay! First of all, excellent defense at your intro. I too have always enjoyed the Saw series for what it is. None are masterpieces of the genre, but all are extremely impressive in continuing the well-thought out mythology of the franchise. My biggest beef with V was that it felt like they were using the film more as a giant setup for what was to come, but I'm glad that there seems to be a decent payoff. I'm scheduled to see it next weekend, so I highly appreciate this informative, yet spoiler-free review! Nice work.

J. Astro said...

"...the fact that the writers/filmmakers continue to make these things work, long after Jigsaw took a circular saw to the throat, is incredibly impressive and is something that should be more appreciated by us horror fans."

I'm with ya, man - compared to some of the brainless fluff that passes for "mature" horror film-making, the SAW franchise is waaaay more intelligent than a lot of grumpy fuckers are willing to concede. I totally appreciate these flicks.

Bjornabo said...

I`m really looking forward to this. Even though I have to wait til after Christmas to see it (you got to love the fact that it takes over 3 months to "get a movie to Norway". No wonder people download stuff).

Like most other movie-fans I think that Saw V was some kind of build up to VI, so it should be fun.

Bar said...

Totally agree with the whole write-up.

Very succint, and also quite insightful.

Like you, I love all the previous movies. Saw V tested my patience a little, but Saw IV was actually one of my favourites.

I don't know if that ruins my credibility, but all the same, this new movie fits in somewhere alongside III and IV as the best sequels in the franchise.

Emily said...

So glad to hear someone else name Part IV as a favorite. I think that's the most underrated entry in the franchise.

AllHallowSteve said...

You, sir, have my interest in getting back into this series again.

I liked the 1st film for the low-budget thriller that it was.

I stopped watching the series at III. I liked the mythology of the series but got tired of the various gross-outs.

I guess I'll get back on board as it seems they may have gotten back on track. Thanks for the tip!

Wings said...

Good to know! Will be looking forward to it on DVD!