Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. Sommerset researches each sin in an effort to get inside the killer's mind, while his novice partner, Mills, scoffs at his efforts to unravel the case.
|Release Date||:||September 22, 1995|
|Genres||:||Crime, Mystery, Thriller|
|Production Company||:||New Line Cinema, Juno Pix, Cecchi Gori Pictures|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Writers||:||Andrew Kevin Walker|
|Casts||:||Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, John C. McGinley, Kevin Spacey, R. Lee Ermey, Richard Roundtree, Richard Schiff, Julie Araskog, Mark Boone Junior, John Cassini, Reg E. Cathey, Peter Crombie, Hawthorne James, Michael Massee, Leland Orser, Richard Portnow, Daniel Zacapa, Alfonso Freeman, Harris Savides, Andrew Kevin Walker, Richmond Arquette, Pamala Tyson, Emily Wagner, Shannon Wilcox, George Christy, Endre Hules, William Davidson, Bob Collins, Dominique Jennings, Allan Kolman, Gene Borkan, Mario Di Donato, Harrison White, Bob Stephenson, Michael Reid MacKay, Lennie Loftin, Martin Serene, David Correia, Lexie Bigham, Evan Mirand, Paul Eckstein, Rachel Flanagan, Heidi Schanz, Brian Evers, James Deeth, Charles A. Tamburro, Charles S. Dutton, Arthur Max|
|Plot Keywords||:||self-fulfilling prophecy, detective, s.w.a.t., drug dealer, evisceration, lust and impulsiveness, rage and hate, pride and vanity, immoderateness, insomnia, investigation, pension, police, serial killer, title spoken by character|
The movie, "Se7en", starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, and Gwyneth Paltrow, is by far one of the most inventive, well-written, and cerebral films in recent history. The film, blending a well put together combination of dark visual style, intense plot development, and polished acting, remains tight and focused throughout, from beginning to end, never straying outwards into unimportant issues, or resorting to typical Hollywood clichés. Se7en is uniquely on its own for suspense dramas as it both fuels the need of the audience to be drawn in and entertained by the events unfolding, and remain uncompromising and shocking, thus satisfying the initial vision of the director, David Fincher.
The story surrounds the hunt for a serial killer, who, inspired by Dante Alighieri's seven deadly sins from "The Divine Comedy", sets out to, "preach" about man's impurity, and does so by targeting victims, then torturing them by pitting their own underlining sins against them. Se7en seemingly starts out as a typical cat and mouse detective story, however, it quickly develops into of a sort of modern-myth, with good and evil taking centre stage. The story is original on all counts, and thrilling on all levels. The most important aspect of Se7en, however, is that it keeps the audience numerous steps behind its story, as oppose to other thrillers, which become predictable and bland by the end. By keeping the audience in the dark, the film remains fresh and original as it progresses. Se7en even dramatically turns the tide at one point, just as the audience is finally getting comfortable and asserted into the gloomy atmosphere, thus creating as much as fear and uncertainty in the audience as it is with the characters involved. By the film's conclusion, the audience is as much apart of the film as the characters themselves, and arrive at Se7en's surprise ending without a single clue of it, prior to it occurring. Se7en's poetic ending(which will not be given away) says a lot for the people behind the movie, showing they are not afraid of going against the grain. A rarity with films so nowadays.
Directed brilliantly by David Fincher, and skillfully written by Andrew Kevin Walker, Se7en is well crafted and ingeniously clever, making it one of the greatest films of the 90's. While Se7en may not have garnered critical acclaim as such films as Silence of the Lambs, Se7en is, undoubtedly, as influential as any film to date.