Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
Seven deadly sins. Seven ways to die.
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.
Red Redding and Joe Black as cops up against a sadistic serial killer. Nine Inch fuckin' Nails. Gwyneth before she was annoying as fuck. Yummy spaghetti sauce! Dead and fuckin' bloated. The way Brad plays with his ink pen. R. fuckin' Lee fuckin' Ermey. A dead attorney. Fuckin' GREED. Fuckin' GLUTTONY. A library. Dante's fuckin' Inferno. Cliffs fuckin' Notes. Marvin fuckin' Gaye. Cool doggies. Uncontrollable laughter. A pound of flesh. A switchblade. S.W.A.T. Fuckin' SLOTH. The unknown photographer. When being alive really fucking sucks. Knocked up. A beeper. A pizza parlor. The Se7en deadly sins. Police fuckin' chase. The fuckin' rain. Probable fuckin' cause. A dark room. The phone call that changes everything. Fuckin' LUST. The Fuck of Death. The…
90% of horror films nowadays get no where near as creepy or lurid as even the credit sequence of Seven.
One of the greatest films of the 90s, without a doubt.
I have been thinking long and hard about it and the only flaw I can find in this film is the way the title is written. It makes no sense and is annoying.
The rest? Sheer perfection.
It is always difficult to determine when you are 'allowed' to call a film a classic or a masterpiece. To avoid that discussion let's use a term I think we can all agree on. Masterclass.
Each and every aspect of this film is executed with such a degree of perfection and dedication that it is nigh impossible to call it anything else. This is filmmaking at the highest level, a level that has not been equalled or surpassed often in the genre.
I am glad I knew as little as possible about the movie before watching it. Seven is a meticulously crafted psychological thriller and one of David Fincher's best films! That shocking ending blew me away and completely caught me off guard. Seeing the two detectives following the leads and clues to catch the killer was always riveting and thrilling, so the whole journey to discover his real intentions was quite interesting to watch. Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman are excellent as always, but Kevin Spacey is the one who steals the show as the ingenious serial killer, who is usually one step ahead of them. David Fincher is truly one of the greatest filmmakers of our time and I still haven't been disappointed by his work so far.
Se7en isn't just another 1990s movie I saw as a teenager, loved and revisted recently...I think it really stands out in a rather lackluster decade of film.
I will never forget my initial reaction to the movie, the dread I felt from each murder to the next and the ending just grabbing my heart and pulling it down into my stomach. After numerous watches in the 90s and early 2000s I had decided it was time for a much needed break. For the past few months I had been on Richard's case, telling him I was in the mood to watch Se7en, I am not even really sure what inspired it but I guess it was just time. With that…
It's written as a wise, believable and merciless series of ponderings on the true weight of hopelessness in an already accepted world of decay, and those dealing with it through calm apathy, false hope and self-proclaimed justice. However, it's told as a fascinating, gripping and ever darkening thriller, plunging into the depths of human nastiness. David Fincher's Se7en is a punch of stylized perfection and a well-balanced, intelligent, early masterwork.
Se7en is a strong-willed and fierce morality-reckoning of the black and white villains and heroes of the genre that it so perfectly challenges, but it manages to stay more refreshingly contemplative than forcing on unbearable amounts of evil. It is no nihilistic piece, for that would suggest that it has…
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HOLY FUCKING SHIT
What lingered with me on this viewing is how similar the 3 main characters are: Mills sees that the world is an awful place, and wants to do something about it. Somerset sees that the world is an awful place, and has given up hope of fixing it. John Doe sees that the world is an awful place, and decides to exploit that. He wants to prove to others that it's an awful place by using the awful people themselves.
What is haunting about John Doe is that I think there is a little bit of him in all of us. It's our dark side, the side that judges others in our thoughts, but doesn't take action on it. We point a finger at a fat man, we despise defense attorneys for selling out, we just try to keep it bottled up inside.
This movie seems to take place in some sort of limbo alternate reality. Not as good as I remembered but still a lot of interesting stuff.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?!
Classic. Watched it again tonight after several years and I found myself leaning forward on the edge of my seat by the final confrontation with 'John Doe'.
In the Crow (another unrelated film I've rewatched recently) Eric Draven says "It can't rain all the time." Well, he must not have gotten to watch Se7en, wherin it literally rains for the entire film, until the dry desert climax , that is.
Anyhow.... it's a good one. Worth your time.
David Fincher is a true artist. This is at the moment the most gut wrenching movie I have ever seen. The story kept me on the edge of my seat. Everyone in the cast gave phenomenal performances. Two words, KEVIN SPACEY. The dark and eerie atmosphere really adds the experience. Just when I though Fincher couldn't top "Fight Club", he comes out with this. What a great experience!
Loved the main characters, villain gave off a dangerous vibe while not ever being shown doing anything violent. The city itself feels dangerous from almost the first scene. The plot makes sense and is easy to follow.
The only thing i didn't like was that there was no way for the audience to know it was spacey before he reveals himself.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?!
"Se7en" is a brilliant, creepy, mind-bending thriller with disturbing imagery; terrific performances, thought-prevoking tension, and phenomenal direction by David Fincher. Also, "Jonathan Doe" is easily one of the most memorable psychopaths of all time, due to Kevin Spacey's unbelievable portrayal.
Letter Grade: A+
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