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…
In 1992, an ambitious young director coming from the world of commercials and music videos eased his way into the motion picture industry with what should have been one of the most remarkable films of the 1990s. That film was Alien 3. Compared to its predecessors, it was a great disappointment, and although it has achieved a cult following of its own over the years, director David Fincher himself later disowned the film. Shortly after its completion, Fincher told reporters he would rather die of colon cancer than make another film. Then he read Andrew Kevin Walker's screenplay Seven, and the rest is history.
I've always liked to think of Seven as representative of the anger and frustration that Fincher…
The relationship between Freeman's and Pitt's characters, the ongoing philosophical debate, and the way it shifts, mutates and evolves over the course of the film, is a wonder to behold.
There's so much in this movie. It's hard to believe that when it was originally released I liked it, but considered it Just Another Thriller. I was only 17, if that helps.
The last 30 minutes of this film is some of the most dramatic and suspenseful pieces of cinema of all time.
Unbelievably fantastic movie.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Jesus. This film... Full review coming.
Yes, just yes! This is how movies should be made! Amazing story, good paced, lot's of drama, fantastic characters, amazing music and a ending that will blow your mind.
I have nothing to put my finger on talking about this movie. It's a real masterpiece that everyone should watch, no matter how interested you are in movies or not.
David Fincher, Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey... Thank you.
David Fincher is a funny director for me. He has a style that should make him one of my favorite directors, but sometimes his movies come up short for me. Se7en happens to be one of the movies that come up short. The direction and atmosphere are both fine, but Pitt and Freeman's characters both lack depth. The movie does not generate the tension for me that Silence of the Lambs managed to create.
The details in how John Doe committed the crimes in all of that is good, but it feels like Fincher spent so much time on the how's and not enough time on making his characters engaging. Kevin Spacey's character comes off as pretentious and he does…
Read a draft of Andrew Kevin Walker's mediocre screenplay and you'll get a better sense of David Fincher's genius. It's not just a masterful exercise in bleakness. Fincher elevated generic serial killer material into another hemisphere.
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