Revolutionary (at the time) in it's use of cinematography with it's great gritty atmosphere as depression and sadness shines through the movie. A great team pairing of Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, but sadly I felt that the ending was obvious when I saw it - maybe I'm too sick and gruesome in my mind since I can predict such an ending? Am I really a serial killer in the making?
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.
Thinking about incredible role of Spacey as a punisher of everything that is evil and wrong in world we live in made me to decide to give a big oportunity to this film who authenticates director's earlier talent for film and gloryfing acting of all of three characters.
Seven uses dark cinematography, evoking noir classics and a dark atmosphere, and old-fashioned sets and costumes to suggest the agelessness of its story. The lighting and color palette complement the darkness of the story and seriousness of the tone while suggesting at the horrors that await the protagonists. The music also is a throwback to classic film noir, which saw detectives looking at a legion of evidence.
It flows smoothly, soaked with darkly beautiful interiors. Whether it's posh library or ruined building, it feels as if elegance of film noir has continued to live in the middle of the grunge eruption. Similarly, engaging story is sophisticated as classics of world literature, and controversial as a splatter film, while the characters write themselves in what is probably the greatest modern serial killer thriller.