Set in an unnamed urban city deluged by rain and eroded by decay, newbie David Mills and soon to be retiree Det. William Somerset are paired up to solve their first and final case, respectively. A diabolic collective of murders inspired by the seven deadly sins.
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If taken as a conventional thriller, then the film might appear adolescent, if not slightly kitsch; its gimmick, combined with Fincher's brand of 'Ikea nihilism', threatening empty sensationalism. However, approaching the story more as an allegory, in which the setting is a kind of purgatory, & where characters become arbiters of moral conviction, it succeeds in an exploration of some interesting & unsettling themes.
Morally and philosophically, Seven is a very teenage conception of what a grown-up film is like—if you worry the world may be profoundly irredeemable because it contains obese people and prostitutes, angst is pretty entrenched. With Zodiac, Fincher would make a truly grown-up serial killer film. For 1995, the great triumph of Seven is the creation of its setting, a chillingly evocative "dark city" for the millennium.
The more I think about, the more I dislike it. Though is quite enjoyable at some moments (the Deadly Sins thing and the crimes scenes really had me), the movie is kinda predictable and it's not as smart as it think it is. Also [spoiler] doesn't make any sense the fact that John Doe visit the library constantly when he had hundreds of books in his apartment. Unlikely. Imho, Seven fails where Zodiac hits.
*** 1/2 Film dealing with oppositions: black / white, rain / sun, rationality / emotion or cultivation / ignorance. Very pessimistic as the main characters don't know whether they live in a heavenly hell or in a hellish paradise. A DVD zone mis-assimilitated catechism.
I watched this film when I was in college, and remember it freaking me out. Very visual, very grotesque, makes you feel helpless after watching it.
Also loved the music by Nine Inch Nails, it truly added to the horror effect. I haven't felt like music would have this much effect on a movie since then, until I saw "There Will be Blood" recently.
Disturbingly horrifyingly scary and evil. I have never seen a plan so evil and complicated in a movie before or since. Has many philosophical lessons without bored out the audience. It also has many twists and turns. It is however a bit slow because I think is necessary to takes it time to develop the characters as it is part of the main ingredients in the movie. David Fincher does it again!
I haven't seen Seven in a while but unlike a lot of movies from the 90s, Seven aged pretty well despite some dated music choices for the credits. Despite the fact I'd seen it plenty of times, Seven is still scary as hell. The acting's good and the chemistry between Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman (along with the stunning cinematography and direction) hold the movie together very well.