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Seven is far superior to serial-killer cliches such as Silence of The Lambs. Seven's graphic morbidness only helps exemplify the realities of the situation. Great acting by Pitt, Freeman, and Spacy. The characters are believable in that they are not perfect or even-tempered;they are real. The movie is real. ...But if you can't handle violence, gore, reality, or political-incorrectness then stick to Mary Poppins.
Seven is not your standard serial killer on the loose film. It is a dark, grimy, visceral thriller that chills you to the bone days, months and years after you've seen it. The crimes that John Doe perpetrates in this film grow more and more atrocious as the film progresses, and we can't help but watch. It's a glimpse into ourselves. We find these events horrible, but at the same time we wonder what could push someone to acts such as these? That's where Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman come in. They provide the questions that we as an audience are afraid to ask. They doggedly pursue the killer in an attempt to stop him. The film ratchets up the tension and only in the final act of the film do we meet John Doe. Kevin Spacey is absolutely chilling. So calm, so cold and so damn intelligent. The ending knocked me out.
I remember watching "Alien 3" and not being too fond of it. I was impressed
with the overall look of the movie and the darkness of it but it just didn't
seem to fit in with the previous two movies. I remembered the director's
name and found myself looking out for more of his work. I was extremely
excited in 1995 when I found out he had directed "Seven" since I thought his
career had been destroyed by "Alien 3". I was clearly wrong. I saw "Seven"
and walked out of the theater not knowing how I felt about the movie. It
stayed with me for a week so I went to see it again. Brilliant! Morgan
Freeman is so amazing it's painful. He takes a cop movie cliche (the soon
to be retired, embittered cop) and takes it to amazing heights. He allows
you to understand his character completely. A beautiful performance.
The movie is incredibly dark not only in tone but physically. Somehow cinematographer Darius Khondji manages to take a desert setting in the middle of the day and make it dark, shadowy and bleak. The dark look of the movie adds to the overall feel of despair.
"Seven" pretty much gets your attention from the very beginning (introducing Freeman's character and Brad Pitt. . .who is really good) and then throws you a pretty disturbed title sequence which makes you kind of twitchy and puts you in the proper frame of mind.
The movie starts off very graphically with the 'gluttony' killing. If you manage to make it through the scene where the body is discovered (I swear, you can almost smell that apartment!) and the autopsy scene you've already sat through the goriest parts. This doesn't mean that you can relax, though.
A good job by all involved. We can only hope that David Fincher keeps making movies this disturbing and interesting. It seems as if he's definitely on to something.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
"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.
Its today's cult status this movie gained thanks to the excellent work of director David Fincher (whom this was only the second major movie in his career) and screenwriter A.K.Walker (who also wrote the screenplay for "8MM"). With this film Fincher ranked himself among the most wanted directors and gained a reputation of true heir of Hitchcock, which was confirmed by his later movies "Play" and "Panic Room". The assignment of roles in the movie is excellent, and I especially need to emphasize Brad Pitt's acting (as in "Fight Club") which proved that he is not just a beauty figure whose main task is to lure women to cinemas, but also showed that he knows to act! Freeman is excellent in the role of a veteran detective - like it was made for him, and Spacey in the role of the killer was, as usual, brilliant and gravely. The atmosphere of the film is so dark and depressing that the bizarre and terrible murders make it even more stressful. I was particularly impressed by the way murders were described, which are quite original and leave a big impression on the viewer. (Something like that was attempted in "Resurrection" with C.Lambert but not very successfully, and "Saw" - interesting, but not on a par with "Se7en"). All in all this is an excellent and original movie which is rarely seen.
If you want to get obsessed about the seven deadly sins this is the
movie you've been waiting for. Have I never would imagine, Brad Pitt
and Morgan Freeman to produce a fine team work in acting. As well as
Kevin Spacey for his role as the villain.
It's a film about a maniac serial killer that uses seven deadly sins as its reference. As you can imagine, seven deadly sins brings seven deaths and that's just about the amount of victims in this movie. Brought to the eyes of the viewers perfectly till the end.
The movie starts with gluttony, and then greed, sloth. lust, pride, envy, wrath comes to follow quickly as the films pace increases to the end. Every death/kill is brought beautifully. The set is as representative as it can get to describe you the sin.
A film that gave me a real hype about what it wants to deliver. Surely must watched movie. This is one of the best film I have ever watched. 10/10
I'm a little late to the party with Se7en, as I first watched it just
this year. One of those things where it's been in the queue forever and
I'm slowly working my way through. Anyhow as a result of my
procrastination, my "experience" of the film was slightly desecrated,
but my appreciation was not. I realized just before I reached the
massive twist of the film that I saw what was coming. I don't even
remember who spoiled it for me...but oh well.
The only reason I address this is the final scene of the film is by far the most talked-about aspect of the film...by FAR. And I didn't think it was greatest final act shake-up I've seen, but the movie itself is incredible.
My favorite part of Se7en is it's stylishness. David Fincher delivers a beautifully noir aesthetic to the piece that colors the entire story. And my other favorite thing about Seven is the surreality of the nameless, ever-raining, Gotham-like, hellhole city where our mystery unfolds. I cannot overstate how much I love that story-telling choice. It gives the film an immeasurable sense of dread and intrigue. Aesthetically, simply a masterpiece.
Se7en's other major strength it its leads. The script doesn't over-talk anything; it's economical and concise, but provides just enough chemistry for it's protagonists to make this "buddy cop" film stand out. Pitt and Freeman turn in some of their most thoughtful work and play excellently off one another. It's a character piece that succeeds without dwelling too long on exposition or any forced "bonding". Their relationship develops naturally, and in the face of abject psychological chaos, calm moments are brief and rare.
I suppose it would be unfair to not mention Seven's creatively macabre components as well. I realize I didn't include a synopsis, but if you haven't already heard it 100 times from cinephiles and review sites, I'm sure it's somewhere on this page. The killer in Seven patterns takes inspiration for his murderous work of art from the seven deadly sins, and dispatches his victims in accordance with said sins. But the bizarre and disturbing, (albeit not explicit) murders are still a means to an end. The film's really about the tone, characters, and noir feel. 8.1/10
Se7en has a lot of things going for it: A talented director and two
among the best American actors of the past 20 years (Morgan Freeman and
Brad Pitt, the second at the start of his career). Furthermore, the
plot is interesting enough: two detectives (Somerset and Mills) the
first just before retirement with his much younger colleague try to
resolve a number of murders perpetrated by a serial killer somewhere in
a north American city (looks like Philadelphia but could be Chicago, it
does not matter).
I think the strength of the movie lies with the interaction of these two characters who are so different from each other and see their job from very different perspective. Both are very good professionals but Mills is more ambitious and sees the murders as a puzzle to be solved and does not spend much time trying to understand the killer's motivations and mindset. Whereas Somerset is more resigned and perhaps pessimistic about the efficiency of the police force to fight and contain the evil of the serial killer and the crime in a big metropolitan city like the one the action takes place.
Despite the good points I thought the movie tried to impose a visual style, e.g. the way of showing detailed images of crimes and human depravity and torture that made me feel uncomfortable at times. If the director's message is that crime is bad because it looks 'bad' visually then I have my reservations.
It is seldom that a movie with such an eerie mood can continue with a
continuously building story line and characters who are so dynamic.
Modernism and beliefs lie at the heart of the movie, and Se7en does an
exceptional job in executing a great plot with even better acting.
Most actors would not be capable of filling the roles of two detectives in such a morbid case. The stars Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt act wonderfully in their respective roles, and manage to remain in character and evolve throughout the film. Being initially introduced to the two men, both at different stages of life, viewers begin this exhausting journey which neither characters are prepared for.
With superb performances, underlying themes and a carefully manipulated script, Se7en truly does succeed in encompassing the qualities every great movie should. The numerous connections to religious and social affiliations offer a different view of the world, and share the side of things most do not see. Although the acts displayed are corrupt, which is a purely subjective topic, insights into the mind of a killer offer this movie a trait most lack - perspective.
The brilliantly written script, including fabrications many people would never even contemplate, puts Se7en on a new pedestal. This thought-provoking thriller is one for the ages, and is one that I highly recommend.
A very exciting movie! The cast fits well with the narrated characters, the acting is beyond question. Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman are a wonderful combination. The story is is not only captivating and exciting, but also convincingly brought over. The case and the murders are so disturbing and brutally staged, that it quickly becomes clear with what kind of monster they have to deal with. Kevin Spacey plays his role as the killer convincing and also fits very well into the overall picture. The tension starts to build up very quickly and leaves little to the end, there are many twists that keep you tied. In my opinion the only weak point of the film is the fact that from about 2/3 of the film, the end is easily predictable (at least for me). All in all a very, very good psychothriller if not one of the best! 9/10
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