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Se7en DVD Review

Se7en

January 5, 2002

Director: David Fincher,
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, Andrew Kevin Walker, Daniel Zacapa, John Cassini, Bob Mack, Peter Crombie, Reg E. Cathey, George Christy, Endre Hules, Hawthorne James, William Davidson, ,

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I was sitting in MacDonalds with some friends not too long ago munching on my Big Mac and fries when a hugely obese man passes us. We all saw him, you can’t not see a hugely obese man walking past your table, but it didn’t stop us from finishing our meals and I didn’t point him out to my friends so they could join me in mocking him. I’m not eight years old anymore John Doe, that’s a little immature. But seeing as you’re the psycho, whatever, but you didn’t have to find a random fat guy, tie him up, hold a gun to his head, force feed him for twelve hours and then kick him making him burst! That’s going a little too far yeah? Anyways, I have to admit, you do give the film a great suspense, chilling and disturbing, perfectly played.

Gluttony, greed, sloth, envy, wrath, pride and lust – the seven deadly sins, speaking of which, the eighth (probably not deadly) would be to miss this terrifying thriller. These are the sins in which a crazed killer bases his murders with the intention of preaching to the world, the seven deadly sins. Cleverly constructed murders keep us in full suspense, not to mention the manner of which the victims are killed and how the crime scenes are ingeniously pieced together. David Fincher, the film’s director really knows how to bring in the hard gritty realism, and chilling suspense of a disturbing crime investigation headed by two workaholic detectives, Mills (Pitt) and Somerset (Freeman). Not your average crime thriller, ‘Seven’ differentiates itself from the formulaic genre by masterfully piecing together the evidence resulting in an unexpected ending which is sure to disturb you.

Pitt gives a convincing role as a gung-ho detective thirsty for an investigation, having recently transferred to the city’s precinct with his wife Tracy (Paltrow). Contrasting, is his partner Somerset (Freeman), a much older detective who radiates an aura of wisdom and experience and is about to retire until he involves himself in this case. Any performance by Freeman absorbs us into the film, so it helps a great deal with him onscreen acting as a mentor in a way to the naïve detective Mills. As the amount of murders builds up, so does the relationship between the two. From a rather distant, disliking, colleagues-only type thing, they progress to become likeable onscreen figures, working better together every murder scene they examine. However the film does play a little on the typecast of a cold-blooded psycho killer.

Special Features:

Apart from a trailer, a very short ‘the making of…’ includes interviews with the cast and the producer but not much of an insight.

This is a crime-thriller worth seeing, probably more than once and worth having in your DVD collection, a classic chiller.

J.D. is a freelance writer who is currently doing research for a book on the films of Michael Mann. He likes reading anything written by Jack Kerouac, James Ellroy, J.D. Salinger, Harlan Ellison or Thomas Pynchon. J.D. is currently addicted to the T.V. series 24 and enjoys drinking a lot of Sprite. This is not a blatant plug for the beverage but if they ever decided to give him a lifetime supply he certainly wouldn’t turn them down.
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