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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Saw VI can be found in here.

With Special Agent Strahm (Scott Patterson) dead, Detective Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) thinks he can carry out John 'Jigsaw' Karmer's (Tobin Bell) final tests, targeting workers at a health insurance company, without fear of getting exposed. However, the FBI draws closer to the overconfident Hoffman, who seems to have been unable to completely cover his tracks. Also, the contents of the box that Jill (Betsy Russell) has in her possession and the message in the letter to Amanda (Shawnee Smith) are finally revealed.

Saw VI is the sixth movie in the Saw series, all of which stem from a screenplay by Australian screenwriters Leigh Whannell and James Wan. Saw VI was co-written by screenwriters Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan.

Detective Hoffman plants Strahm's cellphone in the control room to be found by Erickson (Mark Rolston), implicating Strahm as the Jigsaw copycat, so Erickson puts out an APB on Strahm. Meanwhile, Strahm listens to a tape from Jigsaw telling him that, if he has learned to trust Jigsaw, he will enter the box full of broken glass. When Hoffman enters the room, Strahm is hiding behind the door and, during the insuing fight Strahm knocks Hoffman into the box filled with broken glass. To Strahm's horror, Hoffman's box is then lowered safely into the floor, and the walls start to close in on Strahm. Turns out if he had trusted him and climbed into the box, he would have survived. But he didn't, and will now die. He climbs to the top of the room, hoping to escape the walls but is crushed to death.

Immediately. The glass box enclosing Agent Hoffman is opened, and he gets out. Agent Strahm's mutilated remains are shown.

Opening Game: Simone (Tanedra Howard) and Eddie (Marty Moreau), two loan sharks, must pay back their ill-gotten fortunes with their own flesh. Each player has to remove flesh in order for the scale to be balanced in their favor. Whoever places the least flesh in the scales will have their skull fatally pierced by two bolts. Time limit: 1 minute.

Main Game: William Easton (Peter Outerbridge), vice president of a health insurance company, and the person who developed a formula that gave coverage to the healthy and denied it to the sick, must use his formula for life and death in a series of five games. Each game completed successfully will release a key for a set of wrist and ankle shackles that will explode after one hour. Time limit: 1 hour.

Game 1: William and his janitor (Gerry Mendicino), a smoker for countless years, are strapped into a vise around their torsos which gets tighter and tighter with each breath they take. The more air each inhales, the tighter the vice. No time limit. Survivor is released at once.

Game 2: William must choose the life of either his file clerk Allen (Shawn Ahmed), a healthy 20-something, single male, or his secretary Addy (Janelle Hutchison), a middle-aged diabetic with a large family. To choose, William must simply let go of one pullcord handle. The doomed will be hung by the neck with barbed wire. The wires slowly pull the victims up, limiting the time as the cords give more tug.

Game 3: The steam Maze. William will have to help Debbie (Caroline Cave), the lawyer for his firm, transverse a maze. Debbie is attached to a trap that is set for 90 seconds. If they fail to unlock themselves, the trap will pierce Debbie's skull. William must choose to either allow Debbie to suffer or to relieve her while going through the maze and receiving some pain in form of hot steam. Unbeknownst to William, the key to the trap is hidden inside his body, and it must be removed for Debbie to survive. Time limit: 90 seconds.

Game 4: The Carousel. Six of William's assistants, whose jobs require searching for loopholes in policies, are chained to a carousel. A shotgun is set up to discharge a round into the selected individual. William must choose to either allow two individuals live or let all six die. Each time he chooses to let one live by pressing a button to stop the gun from firing, his own hand will be pierced by a spike. There are around 30 seconds between shotgun blasts, and a 10 second interval where William can save a life.

Game 5: Tara Abbott (Caroline Cave), widow of the man denied coverage by William's company, and her son Brent (Devon Bostick) are given the choice of whether William should live or die. If they choose death, he will be injected with hydrofluoric acid; if they choose live, he will be freed.

Final Game: A murderer who believed he was untouchable has been caught and the Reverse Bear Trap will be his judge.

The box is shown to contain the set up for the next game, which Jill willingly gives to Hoffman to complete, proving that Jill knew much more of her husband's plans than she let on to the FBI and that she is an accessory to his crimes.

It is a letter from Hoffman to Amanda that drops a huge bombshell to her. "Amanda. You were with Cecil the night Jill lost Gideon. You killed their child. You know it and I know it, so do exactly what I say. Kill Lynn Denlon, or I will tell John what you did." In Saw III, we were led to believe that Amanda shot Dr. Denlon because of jealousy and an unquenchable desire to punish people. However, in Saw VI, the true reason why she shot Dr. Denlon is revealed to be something else: if she didn't, Hoffman would tell Jigsaw about what she did that night he and Jill lost their child. The most pobable reason for Hoffman doing this is because both he and Amanda were trying to get into John's favour, so he wanted Amanda out of the way. In saw 3 (and in an a flashback in saw 6) during the struggle between Jigsaw, Amanda and Lynn Denlon, Jigsaw states that 'Lynn is more important than you know' meaning that it was Amanda's test to keep her alive (unbeknownst to her), although she saw this as the truth being let out and shot her to save herself.

Eddie, Security Guard (fate left open), Hank, Allen, Debbie, Aaron, Gena, Dave, Josh, Technician Sachi, Agent Lindsey Perez, Agent Dan Erickson, and William Easton.

After setting fire to the police lab, Hoffman rushes back to the zoo to find the letter he wrote to Amanda laying on his keyboard, having been placed there by Jill as per John's instructions. Meanwhile, William has made it to the end of his fourth trap only to find his sister Pamela (Samantha Lemole) in one cage and Tara and Brent Abbott in another. When given the choice of allowing William to live or die, Tara chooses 'Die' so that he won't go on killing people, but she cannot pull the switch, so Brent does it for her. Suddenly, William's body is injected with several needles, and hydrofluoric acid is pumped into him. His body disintegrates into a mass of blood and guts. As Hoffman is reading Amanda's letter, Jill enters the room. She presses a remote that zaps Hoffman with electricity until he passes out. She then straps him to his chair by the wrists and places around his neck a Reverse Bear collar. When Hoffman comes to, Jill says, 'Game over,' and closes the door. The clock starts counting down the seconds...45...44...43...Hoffman uses the collar to smash the straps around his wrists...27...26...he lodges the collar against the door to pull it off his head...3...2...1... The collar falls off, ripping open the right side of his mouth.

So far, there are seven movies in the Saw franchise. Prior to Saw VI, there was Saw (2004), Saw II (2005), Saw III (2006), Saw IV (2007), and Saw V (2008). The sequel to Saw VI is Saw 3D (2010).

When they first met, Jigsaw reproached Hoffman for the fact that he had effectively killed a man (Seth, his sister's murderer) without offering him a 'way out'. Jigsaw's philosophy is that he genuinely wants to help people, and therefore, everyone deserves a second chance to live; those who do not offer their victim a chance to survive, are no different from murderers in his vision. During their cooperation, Hoffman displayed a preference for particularly brutal and sadistic traps, leading Jigsaw to believe that Hoffman was in it primarily for hurting others rather than for helping people. That is why he created the infamous tape found inside his stomach, which was directed at Hoffman, warning that he "would not walk away untested". Jigsaw posthumously enlisted Jill's help to set the trap for Hoffman.

There is an extra scene of Amanda after the end credits where she tells Jeff's daughter, who is locked in the room, "not to trust the one who saves you". It then shows when Hoffmann "takes out" Jeff's daughter while she is looking at the screen with a mysterious look. Apart from the new ending scene nearly 70 changes can be found in the Unrated Director's Cut throughout the movie. Most of these new scenes are very short, sometimes only a couple of frames long but there are also some longer story extensions although gorehounds will be a bit disappointed as there are no new gore scenes. A detailed comparison between the Theatrical Version and the Unrated Director's Cut with pictures can be found here.

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