This horror-thriller picks up right where Saw V left off and continues down a pathway of twists, turns and surprise guests (many via over-complicated flashbacks) all dressed up around a barely legible pretense of pathos delivered by the main, now deceased, serial killer: Jigsaw. The film's execution is tawdry, but not wholly ineffective as it balances out its low, straight-to-DVD production values and eye-rolling B-movie dialogue with a series of fiendishly awesome traps, lashings of cheap gore and MTV-edited torture-porn that does not overstay its welcome.
Fans of the series may be surprised to find this chapter to be a little more edgier and clever than the previous few films, but the story will not – despite the movie's advertising – bring any new insight nor shocks nor clever twists for seasoned horror audiences.
But then, people don't watch movies like Saw for the riveting horror or the clever writing. They watch them for the same reason that they go to carnival spook houses – for short, sharp, cheap thrills.
Saw VI is for fans of the series only.