Se7en

Se7en

David Fincher (1995)

126min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Director David Fincher's brilliant postmodern crime thriller is a grim and disturbing tale about a vicious serial killer on the loose in an unnamed city. Intelligently scripted by Andrew Kevin Walker, Seven is a work of extraordinary style, upsetting power and narrative daring. It also boasts fine performances from Morgan Freeman as the disillusioned detective, Somerset, who's on the brink of retirement, and Brad Pitt as his enthusiastic replacement, Mills, while Gwyneth Paltrow makes a brief though significant appearance as Mills's uneasy wife. With only seven days left on the job, Somerset finds himself irresistibly drawn to a puzzling case where a psychopath murders his victims in a gruesome manner to atone for the sins he deems them to have committed. After killing an overweight man by force-feeding him to death in the name of gluttony and bleeding to death a lawyer for greed, the anonymous killer is now turning his attention to the five remaining deadly sins - sloth, lust, pride, envy and wrath. Purposely draining his landscapes of colour, and setting all the tense action against rain-washed streets and underlit interiors, Fincher evokes an atmosphere of nightmare proportions as he unfolds a compelling tale of urban horror. Although very little of each murder is shown, the director expertly allows suggestion to lead the appalled viewer towards the truly shattering climax. Freeman infuses the bleak scenario with dignity and a quiet credibility, while Pitt uses his meaty role as the raw young cop trying to make sense of the nightmare to stride into the company of the Hollywood giants.

Summary

An old-school detective and his headstrong new partner discover a connection between two unusually horrific murders, and realise they are on the trail of a serial killer who deems his victims to be each guilty of one of the seven deadly sins. However, the longer the cops pursue the murderer, the ever more twisted and disturbing the slayings become. David Fincher's thriller, starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kevin Spacey.

Cast & Crew

Detective David Mills Brad Pitt
Lieutenant William Somerset Morgan Freeman
Tracy Mills Gwyneth Paltrow
Talbot Richard Roundtree
California John C McGinley
Police captain R Lee Ermey
John Doe Kevin Spacey
Detective Taylor Daniel Zacapa
Officer Davis John Cassini
Dr O'Neill Peter Crombie
FBI man Mark Boone Junior
Man in massage parlour booth Michael Massee
Crazed man in massage parlour Leland Orser
Director David Fincher
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment Film Dists LtdGuidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama