By John Mulderig
Source: Catholic News Service
The blood flood continues in the predictably gruesome
horror sequel "Saw VI" (Lionsgate), director Kevin Greutert's needless
extension of a noisome franchise.
This attempt at social relevance would be laughable if the results were not so grisly.
The latest victims in the sadistic life-or-death games initiated
by the deceased psychopath Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), and now being secretly
carried on by police detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor)—even as he
pretends to investigate the crimes—include two predatory real estate
lenders and William (Peter Outerbridge), a coldhearted health insurance
For the bulk of the 90-minute running time, we witness William
enduring a gauntlet of torturous tests by which his bones are crushed,
his hands mangled and his body scalded. In between, Patrick Melton and
Marcus Dunstan's script resurrects Jigsaw via a series of flashbacks
and at least one hallucination so he can engage in ponderous moral
mutterings about teaching people to value life by forcing them to
But such philosophical window dressing can hardly disguise the true nature of this callous descent into gratuitous cruelty.
The film contains pervasive gory violence, including graphic
torture and mutilation, a half-dozen profanities, at least 40 uses of
the F-word, and some crude and crass language. The USCCB Office for
Film & Broadcasting classification is O— morally offensive. The
Motion Picture Association of America rating is R—restricted; under
17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Mulderig is on the staff of the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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