A newbie and an old dog must find a killer, targeting people in each of the 7 sins categories, leading to a tragic ending. This 1998 thriller had a clever way to complete the mission but not without a cliche ending. I liked the cast, and I am familiar with the director, the story was dark and the screenplay wasn't boring so I found the film thoroughly enjoyable.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
Mindblowing incredible! This is the best thriller I have ever seen BY FAR.
Every scene is pure perfection, all the while building extreme throttle suspense up until the massive twist ending. Fincher's best film and probably always will be. The story is absolutely brilliant as is the acting incredible. The soundtrack is thoroughly creepy written by Jon Howard (Lord of the Rings). Fantastic all around!
Brad Pit, in one of his best performances, plays a rookie detective, David Mills, teamed with veteran and soon-to-be-retiring Detective William Somerset, played by Morgan Freeman in one of the best roles of his unequaled career. They are investigating a series of ghastly homicides in an American urban center that seems a helluva lot like Chicago. The veteran detective has seen almost everything an urban cop can endure during an average career before the beginning of the story. However, as events transpire, they reveal things even he, after decades on the force, hasn't experienced. The rookie has no idea what's in store for him, and by movie's end he will have sustained the most horrific experience of a police detective coming-of-age ever shot on film. We get the sense all rookie detectives go through a kind of "baptism of fire" but nothing which would prepare a newbie to the force something as simultaneously horrific and devastating as that presented in "Seven".
Unlike the usual street crime, these murders have a disturbing combination of dreadful horror coupled with high literary intelligence. The killer incorporates religious and literary symbolism into his acts of unspeakable violence and murder. Each act and victim reference a different "Deadly Sin". The killer may be mad but he is an highly intelligent madman, who could probably quote Dante while loading a Magnum 44. The well-known actor who plays the killer/religious fanatic who reveals himself toward the end is perfect casting.
Hollywood rarely produces films with such a combination of horror and high intelligence. The closest comparable film is "Silence of the Lambs" whose character Hannibal Lecter is strikingly similar to the fiend in this film, although their motivations are entirely different. Both of these characters, the killer of "Seven" and Hannibal Lecter, are homicidal sociopaths of uncommon literary knowledge, which communicate disturbing overtones of higher purpose. They are the type who would probably view the act of crucifixion as an artistic statement.
This is an incredible film both in its dreadfulness and its cerebral content, but definitely not for the feint of heart or the squeamish. As for myself, this is probably the limit in terms of the disturbing meter--worse than this would be out of bounds. Despite the gruesome subject matter, this film has enough compelling elements, from the literary references to the relationship between Pitt and Freeman, that it does work as a masterpiece of the serial killer genre. And the ending is one of the most compelling and original conclusions I have ever witnessed in this type of film, but don't expect the main characters to be celebrating with beers at the end. There are very subtle hints during the film which point to how the movie's ending will unfold, but like most movie-goers during my initial viewing, the ending erupts like a dragon flying straight out of Hell.
7/10. Perfect title for the movie and its rating. Interesting to see the influence of 'Silence of the Lambs' and 'Blade Runner' on the director. But even more interesting was seeing Reg. E Cathey in a movie with Spacey and Freeman. Made me wonder if there's a 'gay mafia' in Hollywood, with Fincher directing.
A disturbingly good movie. Great acting by the whole cast.
Excellent movie with Brad Pitt and Morgan freeman. But I think the best acting was from Kevin Spacey, the murderer. He was so calm...
A fairly watchable movie though a bit on the dark side.
Disgusting and disturbing! I couldn't make it through all of it...bleargh.
Gross body horror, a dreary setting, and a dark, dark story.
This film has held up well since its initial release. Doesn't seem dated, performances are overall quite good.
This movie changed my perception of Brad Pitt as an actor, for the better. Great directing and acting all around. I'm still not sure what to make of the ending.
An original and thoroughly scary psychological thriller even if all the killings happen offscreen. David Fincher's moody 1995 flick builds suspense and fills the viewer with dread. Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt balance each other out nicely onscreen though poor Gwyneth Paltrow isn't really given a whole lot to do other than play the token miserable wife. I love the surprise reveal of the identity of the killer (even though I already knew who it was) and the appropriately bleak ending. A nice companion to Fincher's other similarly dark films "Fight Club" and "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" (and soon "Gone Girl"). Don't watch this one alone.
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