So here we are again - another addition to what surely must be the fastest-growing mainstream franchise! And you know what? Saw VI is... I can't believe I'm about to say this... it's actually pretty watchable.
It avoids the route taken in the previous sequels of trying to be uber-clever & intricately weave itself tightly into the plot from the first couple, which to be honest, I have completely forgotten about. Yes there are flashbacks to remind us of past events but it's easier to follow this time round.
The opening kill is good, and the final 10 minutes are pretty brutal. The kills through the rest of the film however are fairly mediocre and sometimes the lower-budget production value really detracts from the whole experience. BUT, this is a promising sign that maybe, just *maybe*, we're past the worst of the sequels.