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I went to see a franchise horror movie hoping for mind-emptying mayhem. What I got was a shoddy dig at US domestic politics

By Mark Cousins   December 2009

Saw VI: an unfortunate attempt at social commentary

It’s Sunday. When I woke this morning it was pouring with rain and I was exhausted. I have been in Iraq, then chained to an edit suite for a month. I felt like going to the cinema but I wanted the “empty” experience of sitting in the dark and watching something without the challenge of themes or character. I scanned the listings. An Education, based on Lynn Barber’s book? Not empty enough. A season of African films? I’ve done too much discovery and travel recently. And then I spotted it: Saw…

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