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Saw VI (2009)
Directed by Kevin Greutert Written by Marcus Dunstan & Patrick Melton
Now that we had seen the majority of John’s games played out, the time had come to witness what would be known as his most personal one thus far. Having sponsored a party put together by Jill (Betsy Russell) for the clinic she worked at, William (Peter Outerbridge) is introduced to John (Tobin Bell) as a conversation strikes up between the two. Both dealing with deciding the outcome of people, though two completely different aspects, William discusses a formula having created of which assisted in deciding who had a better chance of living or dying. That same formula ultimately denying John after finding an alternate solution for his Cancer treatment, that despite their personal relationship, he’s unable to overturn. Their relationship presently coming full circle as that event helped trigger the chain of events, of which no one saw coming. *In the flashback sequence of the party, take notice to Jill and Amanda (Shawnee Smith) spending time with the other, meant to imply the closeness had with one another all along*
With the FBI closing in on Hoffman (Costas Mandylor), few secrets remained as final pieces of the puzzle are slowly revealed. Erickson (Mark Rolston) had come forth with the information that Agent Perez (Athena Karkanis) had been alive the entire time, with intent on keeping her safe due to the “lead” on Strahm. Coming back with a vengeance as the smirk she maintained through her scenes assured a conflict would incur. Happening once her, Erickson and Hoffman visited the voice analyst who’d just about narrowed down the voice behind the Seth Baxter tape. Doing so after the coroner had made the discovery of a different knife being used to cut out the Jigsaw piece for their latest victim as well as the before mentioned. Because while it would make sense that John would use a clean surgical knife, Hoffman preferred a serrated and ultimately, ended up giving himself away. Though unable to hold back as a knife met Erickson’s throat and a cup of coffee is thrown at Perez before soon burning the entire place down. Finding out that the remains within the box held a prototype of a familiar trap (used on Amanda) as Jill was intended to pull off her own test, strapping him in and stating the famous last words the series had become known for.
Meanwhile, William has his tests occur within a zoo compound. His first trial dealing with the element of air as is told to hold his breathe versus the janitor who worked for his corporation. The more breaths taken resulted in clamps tightening around their waist until ones body became crushed. His next, choosing between the lives of his file clerk (having no living relatives) or his secretary, who despite having loved ones, was not an appropriate match according to the same formula used to deny numerous clients each day. His lawyer Debbie (Caroline Cave) not fairing as well; given 90 seconds to cross a steam covered room or be pierced with a device attached to her chest (guess which occurred). Though the next was easily a favorite as a carousel is filled with William’s “dog pit,” the ones who found any discrepancies on applicants. Only allotted two of the six to survive, William had to sacrifice a bit of pain but ultimately lets Shelby (Karen Cliche) and Emily (Larissa Gomes) live. After clearly making his choice however, Josh (Shawn Mathieson) is left with the knowledge of his imminent death and gives Mr. Easton a mouthful on what he actually thought about his policy. (A small bit mixed with humor and a dose of reality that settled into the scene well)
Though unaware of what the end of the trail would bring, had been told that his family was the one at stake. Reporter Pamela Jenkins (Samantha Lemole), having written her fair share of publications on John Kramer, long suspected foul play, trying like hell to get a hold of Jill. Wishing to discuss a few matters having discovered on her own. However only ended up putting herself in the middle of the game, though a spectator, as a mother and son were held in a similar position in a separate room. The connection revealing in the end as is discovered, not entirely William’s game playing out. Easily willing to sacrifice others with his family at stake, though unable to see the flaws in his own equation that didn’t leave chance. Finding out that Pamela was his sister while the mother and son were relatives of a Mr. Abbott (George Newbern). A customer of the insurance company that had remained loyal for the past decade, yet denied coverage when needing it most. Just like those corporal bastards. Up to the family if deserving to live while the wife is unable to bring herself to pull the level. Her son stepping forth, gladly exchanging the suffering of which they had endured. Left for all to watch as his body filled with Hydrofluoric acid, deteriorating before their very eyes.
It should also be noted that this is the last film the Cinematographer, David A. Armstrong was present for. Making for all the difference once getting to the seventh installment. Besides having an understanding about the films and knowing how to play into the different color schemes for different traps, he helped congeal the series as a whole. Sadly making this the last installment that actually felt like a Saw film. They also added a extra scene after the credits that I thought would have fit best after the third film. But I did enjoy the add in of Cecil (Billy Otis) having been Amanda’s boyfriend. Indeed, the one who insisted on him breaking into the clinic, causing the miscarriage. The letter having seen her react to in the third, written by Hoffman, claiming to know the truth and if not doing as he said by killing Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh), divulging to John about his unborn child. All together, perhaps not the most memorable of sequels within the series but simply added the last little tidbits of information needed in order to understand what exactly we had been watching unfold.