I stopped actually going to see the Saw films in the theaters after the 4th one. The 4th one sucked. I don't even remember it. The 5th sucked as well, but it was saved by the fact that Julie Benz was in it (4 and 5 are Shawnee lite films.) Now we come around to the 6th, and honestly because I can barely remember 4 and 5 I was more than a little lost here. Jigsaw is well dead, his wife and her boob job are trying to preserve his legacy, and Costas Mandylor, as Agent Hoffman, is continuing his work.
There are the requisite flashbacks (yeah Amanda!), gory traps (or games, whatever you want to call them) and the famous Saw twist ending. I may just be feeling generous but this Saw was pretty good. The traps/games and characters were interesting. The plot was a little less confusing (beginning with Saw III, the plot becomes very dense. You need a cliff notes book just to keep up), and the mystery of an envelope way back from Saw III is revealed. It even has a political message (a big fuck you to the health care industry!). Now, here is my ranking of the Saw films....
- Saw (still a favorite for me. I own it and watch it if I see it on TV.)
- Saw II (best twist ending.)
- Saw VI (again, feeling generous.)
- Saw III
- Saw V
- Saw IV (I really don't even remember this one. I know I saw it, but don't ask me to tell you about it.)