Se7en (1995)

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Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.

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Director:

David Fincher

Writer:

Andrew Kevin Walker

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15 October 2003 | chvylvr80
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| Probably the greatest murder story ever
Seven's quality puts it so far beyond most of the "cops on trail of deranged killer" genre that it comes out as a true jewel of cinema. Everything about seven is perfect. It is art captured on film. This movie is a bright spot for all of the stars who worked on it.

Brad Pitt never gets the credit he deserves for his acting because he's a pretty boy and the press is a lot more interested about how he and Jennifer are doing. That's a shame because he is a talented actor that isn't afraid to take chances with both the roles that he picks and the characters that he plays. That is quite rare in the A-list world. Morgan Freeman is a great actor. You can always count on him to do what he does best which is play a wise veteran that has seen it all. Kevin Spacey is another great actor that has great range and really puts life and personality into his characters.

The real talent of this movie, excluding the actors that brought it to life, is the director David Fincher and the writer Andrew Kevin Walker. Fincher's talents for making a visually stunning film are now well known and he often brings a dark patina to his work. Andrew Kevin Walker must have some incredible demons living inside him. Either that or one hell of an imagination for bringing the intricate story of Seven and the plan of John Doe to life.

John Doe's plan really is twisted and I won't be spoiling it here. Suffice to say I have never seen so evil and complicated a plan in a movie before or since. The cinematography of the film is dark but beautiful and throughout the film it is either night or raining or both except for two very brief moments. It is such an emotional movie that you can't keep from being caught up in what is happening. Do you understand and sympathize with what John Doe is doing or do you think him a mad killer that must be stopped.

Bottom Line: If you haven't had the opportunity to see Seven yet then you must at least rent it. It is so damn good that I know you will like it. The only reason you wouldn't is because you're just too damn fragile to take something this hardcore.

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Brad Pitt earned $7 million for starring in this film.


Quotes

Detective Taylor: Neighbors heard them screaming at each other, like for two hours, and it was nothing new. Then they heard the gun go off, both barrels. Crime of passion.
William Somerset: Yeah, just look at all the passion on that wall.


Goofs

When the detectives find the fingerprints that say "Help me" behind the painting and submit them to be found in the database, the technician says that it can take up to three days to make a match. Later they talk about how they found Sloth in the apartment exactly a year "to the day" after the first photo of him was taken. If the killer wanted them to find Sloth on a particular day, how could he have known how long it would take the police to find a fingerprint match?


Crazy Credits

The opening credits are done over broken, blurred images of John Doe removing the skin from his fingertips and sewing it into his journals.


Alternate Versions

In the US version, Tracy Mills (Gwyneth Paltrow) calls her husband at the office and asks to speak to Detective Somerset (Morgan Freeman). We see them talking on the phone but only hear what Detective Mills (Brad Pitt) and Somerset say. When Somerset hangs up, he explains to Mills that his wife has invited him over for dinner. In the Italian version Tracy's dialogue has been dubbed over the soundtrack, letting the audience hear her talking on the phone and making the invitation, thus rendering Somerset's later explanation somewhat redundant.


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I Cover the Waterfront
Written by
Johnny Green (as John W. Green) and Edward Heyman
Performed by Billie Holiday
Courtesy of Drive Entertainment

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller

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