This installment of the series begins with a suitably nasty scene in which two people have to cut off pieces of themselves and put them on this scale. One is a fat guy who starts slicing off chunks of his stomach, the other a small African American woman who goes for her arm. The one who gets rid of the most flesh wins.
The main crux of the story revolves around Detective Hoffman (Costas Madylor), who is continuing Jigsaw's (Tobin Bell) legacy. He is kidnapping more people who affected his mentor's life--but is he doing exactly what Jigsaw wants? Then there is William (Peter Outerbridge of ReGENESIS), the insurance agent who had denied an experimental cancer treatment to him and who is now suffering the repercussions of that hasty decision. He is put to the test, in an abandoned zoo, and forced to make life and death decisions about others. Hoffman is also tested and the way the movie ends may put future events in an unexpected direction.
What I continue to enjoy about the SAW movies is that they keep on building upon one another and supply new information about the characters. There's much more involvement by Jigsaw's former wife, Jill (Betsy Russell), and we witness the jealously between Amanda (Shawnee Smith of THE BLOB) and Hoffman, which resulted in her death. And of course, there's plenty of screen time , via flashbacks of Jigsaw/John himself (Tobin Bell). The editing is also an important factor to this franchise and this time around it's directed by Kevin Greutert, who has edited all of the previous SAW movies. This, perhaps, makes him the best person to direct the continuing franchise.
If you've enjoyed the previous SAW movies you will not be disappointed by this sixth one. It is, of course, the perfect Halloween movie.