I will not detail the traps here, but rest assured, they are nasty and contribute to a film that is decidedly bloodier than part five. A few of them made even me do a little cringe/chuckle combination. However, coming on the heels of the Korean gorefest The Butcher, this feels a little tame.
We all know that stories do not tell themselves, they need actors to tell them. Acting in this series will never be considered great. In fact, the performances, aside from the quietly charismatic Tobin Bell, generally feel rather lifeless. The film could have been pushed over the top if the characters had more life to them. In particular our central bad guy Hoffman, played by Costas Mandylor, has one expression the entire film — half dead.
Saw VI was directed by Kevin Geutert, stepping out from behind the editing console where he spent the first five films. He clearly has learned from those who came before him. He brought together the better elements of pacing, blood, and story in an entertaining fashion. I would gladly welcome him back for the next trip.
Bottom line. Saw will never be my favorite horror franchise. You have to admire the thought that goes into designing the traps and their willingness to kill their characters. This film proves that there is still some life in the franchise. Here is a good question, who is left? You will understand when you see the movie. Also, was the last trap meant to be a one-way trip?