Release year: 1995
Director: David Fincher
Screenwriter: Andrew Kevin Walker
Starring: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Zacapa, John Cassini, Bob Mack, Peter Crombie
Ratings: 1 Oscar nomination: Best Film Editing. 2 Saturn Awards: Best Makeup, Best Writing. 2 Empire Awards: Best Film, Best Actor (Morgan Freeman)
Veteran police detective Somerset (Morgan Freeman) and rookie detective Mills (Brad Pitt) are investigating the case of a serial killer inspired by the seven deadly sins.
David Fincher started his movie career with the less than great Alien 3 (1992), but many will agree that he didn’t truly make his entrance on the stage until his second movie, Se7en. Fincher has said that during the filming of Alien 3 he was alwas asking permission, but when making Se7en he decided to do what he wanted and ask for forgiveness instead. The result is a masterpiece. Se7en has become a standard by which to judge dark thrillers and serial killer films, and few, if any, can live up the quality and brillance of this film. Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption 1994) is William Somerset, the cynic and weary detective about to retire whose knowledge of Literature will prove significant (the character was named after British author W. Somerset Maugham). Brad Pitt (Interview with the Vampire 1994) is the rookie, recently moved to the big city with his wife, played excellently by Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love 1998). The two are very different and do not get along, but when their two seperate investigations prove to be connected, they agree to work together. Their journey from just co-workers to friends is perfectly done and never seems forced or contrived. In true Fincher style, he does not shy away from gruesome imagery, and all of the murder scenes are very disturbing (both in terms of what we see and what we don’t see) so be warned if you are squeamish. Se7en is without doubt a hard movie to watch. Its theme of inconquerable evil and the seeming helplessness of our detectives to get ahead of our killer may very well kill your mood (no pun intended). However, Se7en is undeniably one of the best thrillers of the past 25 years and a modern classic not to be missed.
The victim in the crime scene at the beginning of the movie is played by the screenwriter, Andrew Kevin Walker.
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