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Halloween Horror Movie Month: Seven (1995)


Pitt being Pitt, Morgan being Morgan, Spacey being Spacey, and Fincher being Fincher. Hell yeah.

Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the “seven deadly sins”. The seasoned Det. Sommerset (Morgan Freeman) researches each sin in an effort to get inside the killer’s mind, while his novice partner, Mills (Brad Pitt), scoffs at his efforts to unravel the case.

David Fincher is a total mad-man and I think he has only gotten better as the years have gone on, but it’s great to see where it all started.

This film is straight-up messed up however, it is also a very smartly written one to say the least which is a lot of thanks to writer Andrew Kevin Walker, who did a lot of junk before and after this film but somehow got thing clickin’ at the right time and place. The film shows the characters always one step behind the killer so we’re constantly left wondering how is this damn guy so freakin’ smart and we don’t quite know what he’ll do next. It fully keeps you on the edge of your seat, until the grand finale comes up and then were left with, “Wow”.

However, it’s not the smarty-pants that the killer has is what’s so good about this screenplay, it’s the fact that it is actually horror/thriller film that has something to say. The killer’s motives really stuck into my head because he is only doing this to people that are not innocent, but more as to people who deserve it because of the hurt and pain they push onto others so subtly. This film will mess with how you view the world and most of all will take you inside of the mind of the serial killer it’s showing, which is unlike any thriller I have ever seen before. What the killer says is still in my mind and will stick with yours probably too.

The real reason this film works though is Fincher’s direction, that is almost nothing short of brilliant. His use of lighting still works in any film, and especially here because he knows how to make any place, no matter where it may be, and just make it the most dirty, grimy, and disturbing place you have ever seen on film. The thing is though, that he’s making Chicago look like this shit-hole where it doesn’t stop raining for a whole week. All of Fincher’s visual flairs add to the depressed and dark setting of this film and just about every sequence is thrilling just by the way he keeps the tension and mystery going.

Oh and let’s not forget the opening title sequence to the remix of the song “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails. Like that damn song didn’t already have me creeped out. Thanks Finch.

I also liked the fact that we never actually got to see any of the killing’s happen, and more of just the aftermath of these grisly murders. There’s a lot to be shocked by after seeing this film, and although I have seen this about 4 times now, I have to say that I still get a little grossed out by what I see. Others may like this, may despise it and this is one of those films where it’s just “not for everybody”. That can be said for a lot of Fincher films except for maybe his last two that came out, but with The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo, I think he’s back on-track for grossing people out again.

The cast is also nothing short of magnificent either. Brad Pitt is great as the young, cocky, and headstrong cop David Mills who wants to get the bad-guy at any way possible, and Morgan Freeman is even better as William Somerset, the laid-back, seasoned cop who plays the voice of reason every time Mills gets a little loose with it. They’re contrast of old school vs. new school is amazing to see on-screen and they work together so well having me actually believing them as a real-life detective team. The real shining star of this whole film is probably Kevin Spacey, who you will probably be stuck remembering long after the final credit reels off the screen. I can’t say much else about this role, but this is easily the best performance from the whole film by just how much he gets into not only the character’s heads, but also the audiences head as well.

Consensus: Although it may not be for everybody, Seven is still one of Fincher’s best with a tension-filled atmosphere, brilliant script, superb writing, and a grand finale that will be sure to stay in your mind way long after the film is over.

9/10=Full Price!!

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18 responses to “Halloween Horror Movie Month: Seven (1995)

  1. Rodney Twelftree October 12, 2011 at 6:59 am

    What’s in the bawwwwwxxxxxxxx? What’s in the baaawwwxxxx?

    Still gives me shivers. Such an awesome film. Still remains one of Fincher’s best films, even better than The Social Network and even Fight Club, if I’m to be honest. Great review, Dan! I must revisit this film myself at some stage!

    • CMrok93 October 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm

      I love this film and I don’t know if it’s one of his best because he has so many other great ones. But I have to say that this is a great re-watch trust me! Thanks Rodney!

  2. Dan October 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    …yep, that’s a great ending. Two top performances and a really atmospheric and thrilling movie. Seven is one of the best from the 1990s.

  3. pgcooper1939 October 12, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Se7en might be my favourite Fincher film, which is saying a lot. Great review Dan.

  4. Scott Lawlor October 13, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Gawd it has been a long time since I have seen this film. I remember being in total shock by it. Especially the LUST killing….yuck!

    Great write up

  5. totheescapehatchrobert October 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Nice review!

    Seven is one of the few dark, grimy, depressing films that I like to revisit. That and The Bone Collector.

    Spacey is awesome. The fact that he isn’t listed in the opening credits has always been an interesting bit of trivia for me.

  6. fogsmoviereviews October 13, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    “This film is straight-up messed up”

    Heh.

    Yup.

    Great review, great write up. But most of all, great choice. This is going to be one of my Sunday “Movies That Everybody Should See” columns one day, it is one of the sickest most disturbed awesomest movies ever. Just brilliance all the way around. The writing, the directing, the acting. Off the charts good.

    Never disappointed when I stop by here Dan-O. :D

    • CMrok93 October 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm

      Everything is just so great here and it’s a perfect pick to watch around this Halloween season. Thanks Dan! I’ll always have something new and cool.

  7. marie October 14, 2011 at 2:04 am

    classic movie. scary, dark, amazing… forgot it’s a David Fincher film. great review!

  8. Tommy D October 14, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Great review. This is one of my favorite films of all time. I totally agree with you about the brilliant script and Fincher’s awesome directorial style. HIs lighting techniques significantly add to the dark tone of the film.

    A little while back, a friend of mine who didn’t like Se7en (and really doesn’t like many movies that deviate from cliches and formula) came on my blog and talked about why he didn’t like it, and I completely refuted him in the second part of the post. A link to that doozy is below:

    http://tommydtalksmovies.com/2011/08/25/se7en-a-criticism-and-retort/

  9. nevertooearlymp October 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Oddly, this is one of the few times that I have preferred seeing a film on tv rather than in the theaters. The gross parts were too much for me when I saw it the first time, but my little tv is small enough that I was able to focus more on the story. (or, maybe I was just too young it appreciate it before.) Great review!

  10. Joe Wilhelm October 18, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Love this movie just as much as I love the William Shatner parody saying…”What’s in the box?!…come on…what’s in the box?!”
    Nice review.

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