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.
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“Anyone who spends a significant amount of time with me finds me disagreeable.”
He has taken on too much. Det. David Mills (Brad Pitt), deliberately uprooting his wife, Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow), from upstate and dragging her to this lurid hellhole, all out of a naïve desire to save the world. So much ambition, he nearly chokes on it. So much chatter, he sucks all the air from the room.
Det. William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) long ago saw his passion wither. He is one week from retirement, too exhausted to keep pace with the horrible goings-on around him. Like his spiritual descendant, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) in No Country for Old Men, he sees…
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…
Not quite as great as it was in the 90's, but it's still a well made murder-thriller. And of course, one of the greatest endings of all time.
'It's the Heart's filthy lesson
Tell the others' - Heart's Filthy Lesson; David Bowie
And David Fincher had our full attention.
Such a terrific movie. It's 100% style. And under that style it's a perfect film. Wonder if Fincher would shoot it so expressively now - I tend to doubt it. Even in '95 people missed what a great piece of craft this is, underneath all the craftsmanship.
I like how the film commits to its bleakness, even though I could've done without Morgan Freeman constantly reminding me how awful everything is. Also too many flashlights and too much fake rain.
Possibly the truest neo-noir film, in that it takes the aesthetic tropes of the noir genre (shadows, wetness, lack of color etc.) and the plot elements and heightens them to the modern era (of 1995). The fact that it pushes the boundaries of the crime film so much - in terms of shocking content- only makes it even more timeless and I wouldn't be a bit surprised if this movie still held up forty of fifty years down the road (the way certain masterful noirs do).
Perfectly gritty and creepy the whole way through with a legendary ending.
Still compelling, stylish and creepy. The opening credit sequence is still a masterpiece and a short film unto itself.
"...you can't just tap them on the shoulder anymore. You have to hit them with a sledgehammer, and then you'll notice you've got their strict attention."
Se7en is saturated with unsubtle metaphors:
As "the soothing, relaxing, vibrating home" illustrates, nothing is stable and the most we can hope to do is laugh.
As the tossed and broken metronome symbolizes, all security and rhythm in Somerset's life is fractured.
But it is darkness that supersedes all other metaphors. Se7en is steeped in it. Low key lighting prevails throughout, even in Mills' own home. This is a common visual strategy of films with such shadowy themes, but it isn't the lack of light that makes Se7en's imagery distinctive. It is the cleverly…
Loved this movie despite my friend Matt hating it. Liked the pacing and Kevin Spacey just being some psycho. First time around i semi suspected what was in the box, but still a surprise to some degree.
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