You killed my father, you motherfucker!
— Brent sentences William to death[src]

Brent Abbott is a fictional character from the Saw franchise as well as a supporting character in Saw VI.

He was portrayed by Devon Bostick.

Biography

Early Life

Brent Abbott was the teenage son of Harold and Tara Abbott. Harold was a client of the Umbrella Health insurance company. At one point in his life, he began to suffer from cardiac disease and asked Umbrella to bear his treatment costs. The company, however, denied the coverage. Therefore, Harold and his family went to the office of William Easton, the senior vice president of Umbrella's department for membership and claims, which was responsible for the dismissal.

Harold tells his family about William's decision

While Brent and Tara waited outside, Harold talked to William and asked him for a reason for the denial as he had been a client of the company for ten years. To his surprise, William told him that during the review of Harold's claim, one of his associates had found out about a previous condition which Harold didn't tell them about. This condition was, in fact, an oral surgery 30 years earlier, during which a cyst was removed from his jaw. William explained to him that any oral surgery would leave scar tissue, which could lead to gum disease, which, in return, could cause heart diseases. Angered by this, Harold yelled at him and reminded him that he had a family. William, however, interrupted him and merely told Harold that this situation was his own fault. Shocked by William's cold and arrogant attitude, Harold said to him that he had just given him a death sentence before he left the office and told his family, who was just as shocked as him, about William's decision. (Saw VI)

Legal Charges

As Harold was financially unable to bear the treatment costs himself, his cardiac disease worsened and eventually resulted in his death, leaving his wife as a widow. Following his death, Tara and Brent tried to sue Umbrella Health. Unbeknownst to them, they were targeted by John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer, for their connection to William, as John had been one of William's clients as well. (Saw VI)

Abduction

One day, they were abducted by Detective Mark Hoffman, John Kramer's successor after his death. After subduing them, Hoffman took the Abbotts to the abandoned Rowan Zoological Institute, where he locked them up in one of the former animal enclosures. (Saw VI)

Captivity

Brent and Tara watch William's game

Shortly afterward, Brent woke up again. When he realized that he had been abducted, he immediately panicked and tried to shake awake his mother, who lay on the floor unconscious. Initially confused, she asked him where they were. Brent couldn't answer her question but instead told her to take a look at a TV standing outside the enclosure. After managing to compose herself, Tara was shocked when she saw two men on-screen, who were both trapped in two large, vise-like contraptions. One of them was William Easton. The other one was Hank, the janitor of Umbrella Health. Both of them had to participate in a brutal game while being watched by Brent and Tara. Each time one of the men took a breath, the clamps around their chests would close in and, thereby, eventually crush their bodies. The only way for one of them to survive was the death of the other one. In the end, William managed to hold his breath long enough and was, therefore, released from his trap, while Hank died as the giant vise crushed his chest.

Brent notices the panel

After witnessing these gruesome events, Tara started to panic and desperately screamed for help. Meanwhile, Brent was distressed when he noticed a panel with a lever with the words "Live" written above and "Die" below it. Furthermore, there was a large tank with the chemical formula "HF" written on it. Thereby, Brent realized that it contained hydrofluoric acid, which could dissolve human flesh in a matter of seconds, and saw that it was connected to a device, which in return seemed to be connected to some sprinklers above their heads. When Tara asked him what to do, he immediately wanted to set the handle to "Live," but Tara held him back when she saw a timer on a wall, concluding that the lever and the timer had something to do with each other. While thinking about a way out, Brent stated that he didn't know why they were even there. Tara, however, was sure that they had been abducted because of Harold's death and their connection to William Easton.

Brent looks at the mirror

As the timer went on, Tara and Brent were able to observe another game on the TV screen, which resulted in the death of Allen, William's file clerk. While Tara saw the leaking acid dropping from the tank, she figured that they might be able to use the acid to dissolve the metal grid surrounding them. Brent, however, immediately reminded her that they had nothing to divert or transport the acid without harming themselves. Moments later, she suddenly noticed how Brent suspiciously looked at a big mirror on the wall outside the enclosure. When she asked him what he was looking at, he told her that someone was watching them from behind the glass. Realizing they were observed the entire time, Tara frantically yelled at the mirror and demanded to know why their abductor did this to them.

After a while, Tara managed to calm down again. When she asked why someone would do this, Brent concluded that whoever abducted them did it to see which decision they'd make and immediately grabbed the lever. Tara, however, tried to convince him once again not to pull the handle as it was too risky for them to do it without knowing what it might cause. Brent initially hesitated, but ultimately let go of the lever, while screaming in anger.

Brent, moments after pulling the lever

However, when there were only two minutes left on the timer, Brent grabbed the lever again and told his mother to go away from the sprinklers as far as possible. Tara reminded him that they didn't know what would happen if he pulled the lever, but Brent told her that they finally had to make a decision as they didn't have much time left. Therefore, Tara finally gave in and allowed her son to pull the lever. She also told him that she loved him, to which he responded that he loved her as well. Tara then went into a corner of the enclosure, and after some hesitation, Brent finally set the lever up to "Live." To his surprise, nothing happened, and he began to scream in anger and despair before he sat down and started to cry. At this moment, Tara approached him and calmly stroked his head. After that, she set the lever back to its original position, stating that she finally knew what it was for. (Saw VI)

Tara Abbott's Test

Brent and Tara upon William's arrival

Shortly afterward, William finally reached the last room of his game, with only one second left on the timer. Thinking he had won, he yelled in triumph, when suddenly, two enclosures to his left and his right were opened. Thereby, William was shocked to see Brent and Tara in one of them. However, one moment later, he noticed his sister, Pamela Jenkins, who was trapped in the second enclosure. Upon seeing her, William immediately went to her cage and asked her if she was okay, which she affirmed. William angrily yelled that their abductor should let her go as he had followed his rules and finished his test in time. Meanwhile, Tara and Brent glared at him in hate and disgust.

Brent pulls the lever

Moments later, the TV outside their enclosure turned on, showing a video of John Kramer. He told Tara about the sacrifices William had made to save his sister but also reminded her that he had been responsible for the death of her husband. Therefore, it was now up to her to decide whether William should live or die. Shocked by this, William approached her cell and, thereby, unknowingly stepped on a pressure plate, which activated the panel with the lever. William and Pamela desperately begged Tara for mercy. They tried to convince her to forgive William, but due to her anger, Tara still wanted to kill him, claiming that it wasn't because of what William had done to her but because she didn't want him to do it to anyone else. However, in the end, she couldn't bring herself to pull the lever. Therefore, Brent suddenly grabbed the handle and, despite the protests of his mother, pulled it down. Moments later, a large metal construction with needles attached to it swung down from the ceiling and pressed William against the grid of the enclosure. Seconds later, the hydrofluoric acid was pumped through several tubes connected to the nail bed and was, thereby, injected in William's body. While the acid slowly and painfully dissolved William from the inside, Tara embraced her son, who began to cry when he realized what he had done. (Saw VI)

Rescue

The Metropolitan Police Department found and raided the zoo shortly afterward. As the police secured and searched the entire building, they discovered Brent, Tara, and Pamela and freed them from the enclosures. The events surrounding the massacre were later reported to the public by the news channels. (Saw 3D)

Personality

Brent Abbott shared a strong bond with both of his parents, whom he loved deeply. This bond became even stronger after Harold's death, which left him and his mother alone. Due to his father's demise, Brent was filled with grief and anger and tried to bring William to justice. When he was finally faced with the decision whether to kill William or to save his life, Brent immediately sentenced him to death without any hesitation. However, when he witnessed the consequences of his decision only seconds later, he was shocked by what he had done and immediately felt great remorse for taking William's life.

Throughout their imprisonment, he frequently showed a protective attitude towards his mother. Although they were mostly incapable of doing anything during their captivity, Brent was willing to do what little he was able to do to avert any potential harm from Tara.

However, he also displayed an impulsive personality on several occasions. For example, he immediately wanted to pull the lever in their cell without considering the potential consequences. Nonetheless, Brent seemed to be intelligent and cautious, as seen when he spotted the one-way mirror or identified the hydrofluoric acid. The latter also led to the assumption that he was either interested in chemical science or had a broad common knowledge in general.

Trivia

  • The actor who played Brent, Devon Bostick, also portrayed Derek in Saw IV. This makes him the only actor to play two different characters in the movie series.
  • Originally, Brent was planned to have an appearance in the meeting of the Jigsaw Survivor Group in Saw 3D. However, this was changed as Devon Bostick was unavailable due to scheduling conflicts with Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
  • It is unknown whether or not he was sentenced to juvenile detention for murdering William.

Appearances and References

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