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I didn't know what I was getting into when I sat down to watch this
movie along with my friend. He had brought the DVD to my home and as he
is a hardcore fan of Brad Pitt, he has bought almost every major hit
movie of Pitt and since I am also a fan, we both watched it together. I
thought it would be a cool movie like other Pitt films, but it was so
dark and has so much more than other films of this genre.
Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) is on his last week in duty and he's all set to retire when the case of a strange death is made his responsibility to solve. Though all others think that it was a psycho who was responsible for the death, Somerset has his doubts, he thinks that the murderer is simply a clever and disgusted man who is trying to rid the society of evil. In many ways, his and the killer's view about the degrading society is alike, except that Somerset wants to leave the city for the country life and the killer is taking action. Enter Detective David Mills (Brad Pitt), the young and dynamic sleuth who has a positive view on the society, and he is made the partner to Somerset. Then onwards, there are more disgusting, shocking deaths with the seven sins as its identity. The seven sins are - Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Envy, Pride, Lust and Wrath. While Mills believes the killer is an insane person, Somerset tells him that he is a very clever, normal man and nowhere near insane with his precise killings and no clues to be found anywhere. The killer is a John Doe (played brilliantly in a cameo role by Kevin Spacey) and it takes every last bit of Somerset's and Mills willpower to not get carried away by the magnitude of the brutal, methodical killings. Tracy Mills (Gwyneth Paltrow) is the wife of Mills and they are very much in love. Will the detectives be able to stop this killer who claims himself to be a servant of God and who will bear the brunt of this maniac's insanity eventually - The society or the detectives?
David Fincher is at the helm of this amazing film. This could have been a routine cop-killer story, but he does not even step into the tired and old Hollywood clichés and is not afraid to make this a dark, unique and depressing tale about the human life. Also, he does so in a very powerful and clever way. I was racking my brains to figure out who the killer was, as in films like these, they would show the killer beforehand. And in the end, it was true; the killer had come in contact with the detectives. Morgan plays the old and more worldly wise man, rather in contrast to Pitt's character who is a hot-head at times. No matter how insanely talented Pitt is, the press always seems to give more importance to his charming looks and relationship with Jolie (back then, it was Jennifer Aniston). Tracy is genuinely portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow. She played a major part in bringing Mills and Somerset together. I loved her scene where she introduces each other. Though she didn't get enough screen-time to have satisfied me, I got over it as the ending was so emotional and I cried (I am a straight guy and I am not ashamed to say that I cried) when Pitt finds out what was in the box. I could see that one coming a couple of minutes before the movie got to it, but it doesn't mean I didn't get emotional at that point. I was hoping against hope that it wasn't what I was thinking. But, it was and I cried. Don't see this if you can't handle brutal death scenes (although they show only the aftermath of the death, it is still nauseous) and are easily bored when things are not non-stop action. But, the screenplay is one of the best I have seen in this genre. Also, the colouring layout of the movie is dark, everything is subdued and always raining, except save for the climax which is bright and hot, which served as an irony of sorts and it was wonderful. When John Doe tells Mills to become wrath, I got chills running up and down my spine.
I still consider Fight Club to be the best Pitt-Fincher movie, but I can't ignore this brilliantly made movie. Though not everyone will like this film (case-in-point, my Brad Pitt fan friend), because of the dark overtone, I loved it as it isn't flashy and predictable like most movies of this genre, and actually was very brilliant.
I always take the trouble to write an IMDb review when I think a movie
is too horrible to watch - the good ones, I am sure people can find
them without me.
This movie is rotten to the core. It does not entertain a sensible mind. It does not uplift. It has not humor, no fun, no moral. It is morbid, depressing, meaningless. But it is not meaningless like, say, life. Life's meaninglessness has a depth, it is somber. The meaninglessness of this movie is like a small child killing a white rabbit - wanton, senseless, rabid.
What did you learn from this movie? What did you enjoy? What moved you? Nothing unless you admire gore and violence per se. Yes, the acting, especially of KS, was superb. But I do not see any glamor in superbly acting the part of a mad killer. The mad killer can do it himself.
Anyways, I am rambling; but after a movie like this, you are at a loss for words. You wonder what kind of people spend a million dollar on a movie like this. You wonder what kind of people go to watch it. You wonder, most of all, how someone can enjoy spending money on this rather than giving some money to, whoever.
This movie was just awesome.A thriller that really leaves you on the
edge of your seat the whole time your watching. It starts morgan
freeman who always does a superb job, accompanied by brad pitt who
always did an outstanding job. And to top it all off it was directed by
David Fincher who has made some great movies.
This movie is about two detectives (Freeman,Pitt) who are sent to invesitage a weird string of murders. There is a murderer killing people using the seven deadly sins as justification.
Overall this movie was really good. Great actors, great story line and a lot of twists and turns to keep you interested. I really liked it.
I thought this movie was a pretty remarkable exercise in style and an
incredibly controlled performance by Morgan Freeman. Most of it is kinda
cliched the retiring cop breaks-in a rookie (by-the-book vs. the loose
cannon working on a hunch), the clever serial killer, the soulless city, the
standard noir ending where the searcher realizes that he is what he's been
searching for and so on.
The art direction is wonderful, with a real attention to
The movie makes for riveting viewing the first time around. I find myself
skipping chapters though when I try to watch it again.
To make the last act measure up to the first hour of the movie, I think the writing should have emphasized the idea that the wrath/envy set up was an example of John Doe improvising after the detectives found his apartment. The wrath/envy scene doesn't have nearly the convoluted menace of the Sloth or Gluttony scenes. It's a noir thriller and Gwen is unaccounted for - the end seemed pretty obvious to me compared to the craziness of "HELP ME" in fingerprints.
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The greatest thriller of all time right next to Silence of the Lambs.David Fincher has outdone himself and it shows.The story is simple.Two detectives must apprehend a twisted serial killer who punishes his victims for their own sins.But what they come across will soon change them both forever!!!Expert story teller Fincher builds non stop tension which nearly explodes by the end of the movie.Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt are at their best here.There is great chemistry between the two and Gwyneth Paltrow is terrific as Tracy.The end of the movie is one of the most shocking experiences ever on film.The first time when I saw Se7en i was shocked,horrified and just couldn't believe what just happened.THE END will shock you be sure but that is one of the reasons the movie is so good.The final lines by Somerset are moving:"Ernest Hemingway once wrote that the world is a fine place worth fighting for...I agree with the second part".
i love this film, it is the ultimate thriller film, everything about
se7en is brilliant. the cast are well picked and make the best
contributions, the main characters Somerset and Mills are portrayed
perfectly through Freeman and Pitt. in my opinion this is both Pitt and
Freeman's best film, they still have not outshines there fantastic
performances. Paltrow as mills wife was a good choice though there are
a few other actresses that could have played this part, though i think
that what paltrow brought to the role was the fragile emotional side of
the character, so i am pleased that she played this part so well. the
director is my favourite of all time, Mr David Fincher! he is a
fantastic director, not just for this film but for his other films like
fight club. he gets fantastic results from his cast and crew and makes
the perfect film. and as i'm a budding editor myself i have to mention
the fantastic edit on the film, by the editor Richard Francis-Bruce, i
do love the edit on seven as he cut at hit points and generally did
if you haven't watched it watch it, if you've seen it seen it again! i certainly will.
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This is by far the finest serial killer movie of all time. The script
is beautifully paced and original with a fantastic twist at the end.
The acting is superb, everyone is on the top of their game. Morgan
Freeman shows his versatility and superb natural ability in the role of
retiring detective Somerset, Brad Pitt gives the performance of his
career as the young feisty Dectective Mills and Gwyneth Paltrow is
fantastic as his highly sympathetic and caring character of his wife
Tracy. But of course it is Spacey who steals the show as the compelling
chilling "John Doe".
His entrancingly calm and chilling performance lifts the picture above many others of its genre and his pure evil glint is just as chilling even more so than Anthony Hopkins in "The Silence of the Lambs".
I believe that Se7en is far far superior to "The Silence of the Lambs" and others of its kind. It was one of the greatest films of the 90's (for me second only to "The Usual Suspects") and i feel is constantly underrated by many. I am glad to see it at #36 although i feel it is worthy of the top 20.
This is David Fincher's finest hour as a director with his drab rainy surroundings adding a superb drab atmosphere to a drab city. Andrew Kevin Walker's script is however will be what remembered as an incredible story, perfectly crafted and acted out beautifully by Spacey, Freeman, Pitt and co.
A MUST SEE FILM FOR EVERY FAN OF GREAT 90's MOVIES, ONE OF THE DECADES GREATEST.
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"Se7en" ... do I really need to go over the plot? Seven deadly sins:
each murder victim a perpetrator of one of the sins.
I guess this is a clever plot device but really ... why not go after pedophiles and rapists? Let's murder someone for being a little lazy but go forth and be free evil pedo.
Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt; detectives picking over each crime scene and chasing the serial killer (Kevin Spacey). Gwyneth Paltrow is the meek and dependent wife of Brad Pitt's character unhappy with the move to the city she and her husband have made.
I remember this back in 1995; setting new standards for on-screen goriness but to me it crossed a line into being gratuitous. The Gwyneth Paltrow character in my opinion was so obvious she may as well have been wearing a target the whole time. I remember thinking this early on as I saw it in the cinema back in '95.
Okay so enough has been said about this one over the years. I'll get to my point.
Six of the victims were gruesomely murdered by the serial killer based on a sin he saw them perpetrate. Greedy guy is made to eat to death, slothful guy is rendered immobile, etcetera, etcetera.
So the killer rigs things up so that he is killed for the sin of envy, having harassed and killed the obvious target (Paltrow). So target lady's husband kills the murderer (envy ticked off the list).
However at the same time in shooting the serial killer Pitt's character becomes wrath. Just a simple observation but every other sin was punishable by death except this one?
And isn't "wrath" more of a seething anger spanning a great amount of time? Here it was an instant knee-jerk reaction. It was instant retribution, not "wrath" as far as I'm concerned.
He probably should have shot him in the balls or something to foil the plot. Instead the serial killer is given satisfaction.
And Target - sorry - Paltrow was murdered ... what was her sin? See, major plot holes. It doesn't stand up.
It is okay, just illogical and dreary and overrated.
Throughout history the Bible and its wisdom have been used as an excuse for murder. The director in "Seven" cleverly makes use the seven sins as Kevin Spacey's Divine permission to commit the biggest biblical sin of them all; murder! While Spacey is sacrificing his victims in the name of religion and punishing them in graphical behavior for their weaknesses; Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt appear as the prophets defending and protecting all that is good by trying to catch him. The director David Fincher keeps you on the edge of your seat as you watch each brutal murder appear across the screen and as you watch Freeman and Pitt getting closer to their killer. Freeman always appears the wiser while Pitt gets more and more engulfed with rage as the killer taunts his pursuers while punishing his victims. We the viewers, are filled with anger and wrath (one of the sins themselves), as we want the killer to be caught but we realize at the end that he wants more than that! At the end the shocking revelation takes over our minds and fills us with even greater anger as we want Spacey punished! We also want him dead for his last brutal act! We also want Pitt to kill him! The question to be asked, is the unborn child saved from been born in a world full of religious contradiction or should those who wrong us be punished without question?
Two cops - one young, one old - chase a serial killer that is leaving a
This is actually one of the best films that I have seen that I have only wanted to watch one. The reason being that while it has an interesting plot, plenty of action and a great twist it also has a horrible aftertaste. Like spending too long trying to clear a blocked drain.
Hollywood has, for far too long, glamorised crime and the chasing criminal so it is surprising to see a film maker going the other way. This is a dark, decrepit and cold world where everything is falling apart and unkept. This seems a deliberate policy move that features in many of David Fincher's films. Interesting - in that is different - but strangely alienating and depressing - and these are emotions I don't want to wish upon myself.
The serial killer and the criminal that leaves clues are nothing new, but the way the plot develops is. If you know the twist the movie will be cut in half and thank god I saw it without knowing the pay-off- although I knew there was going to be one. This is a movie after all.
Brad Pitt never convinces as a professional of any type. Here he seems to have become a cop overnight and without much training. Morgan Freeman does his usual quiet-but-logical act that has bought him fame so late in life. He is nearing retirement (in the film), but I thought all cops were about to retire in movies - I took that as read!
This is very involving stuff and we are drawn to grandstand finish that we will remember forever - but what is Se7en in longterm reflection? A horrible world in which horrible people carry out horrible acts for reasons of self-gratification?
Serial killers have existed since the dawn of time, but America is home to half of the world's population of them. Why is this? Maybe it is the last chance to make a mark on a society where being in the media and being in the spotlight are prized? When you have killed someone you are interesting, when you haven't you are not. Simple.
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