Release date: September 22, 1995
Director: David Fincher
R. Lee Ermey,
Andrew Kevin Walker,
Daniel Zacapa and
A murderer is on the loose. That is never a good, but what makes this one particularly gruesome is that he’s got a gimmick: each of the people he kills are perpetrators of the so-called Seven Deadly Sins (which are Greed, Sloth, Lust, Gluttony, Bashful, Sleepy and Doc).
Morgan Freeman who plays Detective William Sommerset. With only a week left before retirement, he is given a new partner in the form of an immature, thrill seeking Detective David Mills who is played by Brad Pitt. This movie is the second time that I've had the chance to see Brad Pitt play a role that really defined him as an actor: the first being the film 12 MONKEYS. Brad acts well, without carrying over his pretty boy persona. As in 12 MONKEYS (as well as in The Fight Club) Brad is not afraid to be ugly in his role. Nowhere in this film is there a moment of "pose". Brad instead becomes the character of David Mills. Playing opposite the talented AND skilled Morgan Freeman, it was vital that Brad carry his half of the burden. Pitt performs admirably alongside the veteran Freeman and these two together, with their teamwork and conflicts, produce a marvelous "buddy" movie.
The two detectives are trying to track down a dementer murderer. One who is killing people according to the punishments of the Seven Deadly Sins. The first victim found is a fat guy who was killed by being forced at gunpoint to continue to eat food until his digestive organs burst internally(nasty), thus killing him. The smart, but world weary Sommerset concludes that the murder might be more than it appears, and after a second separate murder, the experianced Detective goes out after the serial killer. Unfortunately, no one else realizes that Sommerset knows what he is talking about, even with all of his experiance. Not even his new partner, who does not respect the older detective. But soon after comes the third murder, and each one end up being worse than the previous one. The story and pacing of the movie takes us slowly down into the dark depths of the killer's depravity sometimes even appearing to wallow in it. The very careful movement of the movie allows us to understand the gruesome nature of the many deaths, instead of just throwing the bodies at us one at a time in a gore-hound loving spree of "Look what we can do next!" Because of that, the images of death and suffering are that much more acute, and the grim story that unwinds before us takes us to places we not only didn't expect, but hoped the film would not dare to go.
The very good Special Effects Artist, Rob Bottin brings his talent to the film making each of the victims as life-like as possible. True to his nature of absolute realism, Rob actually sat through a real autopsy before beggining to work on this film in order to get the best view of just how a body, should look like on the table. Bottin has always been known as someone who will work himself to death in order to get perfection and he has never left me in anything less than amazement of his great work.
Seven also (se7en) has its few flaws but they are minor and never distract from the dark greatness of this movie.
The only part of Seven that I don't really like even after repeated viewings over the years, is the ending. It’s said to be regarded as one of the most memorable climaxes in movies and, though that is definetely true, it just didn't seem to fit with the rest of the movie. I’d even dare to say that it seem a bit of a cop out. That could just be me though, still a great film that horror fans should all enjoy.
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