Se7en (1995) – Film Review


Starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey

Directed by David Fincher, written by Andrew Kevin Walker

IMDB Rating: 8.7

It feels like ages I watched a trailer with a narrated voice-over!

Probably one of the greatest crime/detective thrillers ever made – and one of my personal favourite movies of all time – this is a film that will surely stand the test of time.

Se7en follows two detectives, veteran Somerset (Freeman) and rookie Mills (Pitt), on the hunt for a sociopathic serial-killer who is using the seven deadly sins as his motivation – gluttony, greed, sloth, envy, wrath, pride and lust.

Credit for the success of this film owes a lot to the story written by Andrew Kevin Walker, as it has to be one of the best detective stories ever written. The way the seven deadly sins are used by the criminal is genius, how he explains why he did it at the end is also very persuasive and almost makes him seem normal. And of course, how the seven deadly sins are wrapped up makes Se7en one of the best endings in film I’ve seen.

There are fantastic performances across the stellar board of actors in this movie. Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman are the unlikely duo of detectives, and while they might not exactly ‘click’ due to their characters personalities they do have some on-screen chemistry, simply down to the fact that they are two outstanding actors. Pitt plays the young and erratic rookie, and does a convincing job with that role. However, Freeman is in his element here as the older, wiser, quieter detective who does most of the clever work. This is almost his perfect role, and he does it perfectly with a controlled performance of Detective Somerset.

David Fincher – director of Fight Club, also starring Brad Pitt – again does a good job with Se7en. He gets the angles of the shots nigh-on perfect, and makes good use of shadows and colours. It is also worth noting that this film has a very good score, increasing the emotion in the movie – the icing on what is an awesome movie cake!

This is almost the complete crime-thriller, I cannot think of anything I would add or change to improve this film! It is definitely not one for the faint-hearted, but if you can look past the dead bodies and towards the detective story then you will not be disappointed!

Seen Se7en? Tell us what you thought!

Note: I know this review is not as long and detailed as some of my previous reviews – reason is that I am currently swamped with University work among other things, so I do not have the time I usually have to just sit down and write for ages. I can only apologise, but don’t worry! It’ll all be back to normal soon!

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