'X' Rating for 'Saw VI' Is An Overreaction
There simply isn't any justification for censoring Saw VI in this way. The movie is being punished for doing exactly what it's supposed to do. Anyone who's even remotely familiar with horror films knows that some of the basic tenets are violence, blood, and creative ways of bringing death. The Saw franchise is unrivaled in all of these regards, and from all accounts is about to set the standard yet again. And this is why it's being denied widespread release?
Imagine if the MPAA decided to slap an "X" rating onto a movie for being too romantic, or too funny, or too dramatic. It sounds ridiculous, but it's no different than what's happening here. Saw VI is supposed to be a disturbing movie. It is supposed to be a frightening movie. It is supposed to make you a little uncomfortable about the world you live in. Might it be too disturbing for some people? Absolutely, but that doesn't mean that it should be made virtually inaccessible to everyone. Different people have different amounts of tolerance, and it's not right to deny the whole population because a few of the weaker stomachs happen to be on the ratings board. Personal responsibility has to play a role somewhere. If you're old enough to attend an R-rated movie, you should be old enough to know whether or not you can handle it. You shouldn't need a government agency to tell you, and quite frankly, you should be insulted whenever one tries.
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Story by Jose Flores
Starpulse contributing writer
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