lolennui’s review published on Letterboxd:
Se7en of course suffers from being referenced to death making “what’s in the box” etc kinda funny in the year 2021. Also it pains me that there’s so much room for more unraveling and reversals in lead’s amorphous worldview chatter but that might just be me. I’m sure the Hemingway line is considered cringe now but I like it and wish I could relive its impact from my first watch because I remember it landing.
With Se7en I’m given exactly what I wish to envision about serial killers in service of storytelling (near-supernatural genius, impossible diligence, perverse playfulness – placidly unnerving on the whole). Regardless of how fantastical this is, I feel like I’m reverse engineering an archetype that Spacey obviously didn’t originate but did crystallize in Se7en and The Usual Suspects. You see its fingerprints (lol) all over murder shows and movies in the decades since. I like that kind of thing. America likes that kind of thing. I don’t think we’ll ever stop.