Seven (1995) Movie Review

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Seven (1995)

1995 | R | Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Crime
127 minutes / 2h 07min

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Seven Plot Synopsis:

A film about two homicide detectives' (Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt) desperate hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as absolution for the world's ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins. The movie takes us from the tortured remains of one victim to the next as the sociopathic "John Doe" (Kevin Spacey) sermonizes to Detectives Somerset and Mills -- one sin at a time. The sin of Gluttony comes first and the murderer's terrible capacity is graphically demonstrated in the dark and subdued tones characteristic of film noir. The seasoned and cultured but jaded Somerset researches the Seven Deadly Sins in an effort to understand the killer's modus operandi while the bright but green and impulsive Detective Mills (Pitt) scoffs at his efforts to get inside the mind of a killer...

Seven (1995) Review

Se7en (1995), Seven (1995), is a film that completely pushed the neo-noir genre into the public eye back in the 90s. This movie has it all: loner detective, rainy environment, and monstrous villain. The film which was directed by the great David Fincher showed just how dark a film could get, especially with its twist ending.

Se7en stars Morgan Freeman as William Somerset, a world-weary detective who is retiring from the police force. Somerset is partnered with Detective David Mills (Brad Pitt), during his last days on the job. Mills is impatient and has a short fuse which conflicts with Somerset’s calm demeanor. The detective’s butt heads from their first meeting and is thrown into a gruesome case.

Somerset and Mills are tasked to solve a series of murders that involve the seven deadly sins. The two detectives begin to work together after Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow), Mills’ wife invites Somerset over for dinner at their apartment. As the murders continue to happen, Mills and Somerset discover that they are up against a killer (Kevin Spacey) who is more ruthless than they can imagine.

Se7en makes perfect use of atmosphere and nature’s elements to showcase the city that these characters inhabit. It constantly rains without end, and there are insensible crimes that happen daily, which has Somerset contemplating on leaving the city. Tracy is even disgusted with the city as she tells Somerset that she can’t imagine raising a child there. She hates the city so much that she hasn’t told her husband that she is pregnant.

Morgan Freeman is perfect as the tired detective, who just wants to feel at peace in his environment. He desperately wants to leave the city but is interested in the case and works overtime to solve it. He tries to tell Mills, the younger detective, that the city will not get better and is confused at why he wants to work there.

David Fincher is a director who works well with the dark material and Se7en is a great example of that. He shows the urban decay of the city and the graphic murders of the killer as commonplace things in a cold world. There is no hope and nothing is sacred in this town.

  • Seven Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 10
  • Overall Score: 8.53
  • IMDB: 8.6
  • MetaCritic: 6.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 8.1

About Seven 1995

Title: Seven
AKA: Se7en
Year: 1995
Runtime: 127 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Crime
Score: 5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.26/5 stars from 1,229,769 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 1,229,769
MPAA Rating: R
Seven Cast Starring: Morgan Freeman, Charles S. Dutton, Mark Boone Junior, Michael Massee, Michael Reid MacKay, R. Lee Ermey, Leland Orser, Gwyneth Paltrow, Brad Pitt, Richmond Arquette, Bob Stephenson, George Christy, Charles A. Tamburro, John C. McGinley, Richard Schiff, Gene Borkan, Julie Araskog, Kevin Spacey, John Cassini, Heidi Schanz, Shannon Wilcox, Reg E. Cathey, Peter Crombie, Evan Mirand, James Deeth, Brian Evers, Endre Hules, Lennie Loftin, Cat Mueller, Richard Roundtree
Seven Writers: NA
Seven Director: David Fincher
Production: New Line Cinema
Language: English
Country: USA