Thursday, June 20, 2013


Well, I figured one of the best movies to watch on the new TV would be one of my favorite detective films. This is one that I actually hadn't seen until I was in my very late teens, mostly because of how dark and disturbing it is. But luckily, the dark is what gets covered here, and this is a great piece of work.

That movie is Seven, a 1995 film directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow. A dark thriller focusing on a series of murders based off the seven deadly sins. I had a family member who had the film on VHS but was never allowed to watch it, until I got older.

The story centers around two detectives. We have Somerset, portrayed by Morgan Freeman, who is set to retire at the end of the week and is feeling worn out by the job. We also have Mills, portrayed by Brad Pitt, who's still considered to be new on the job despite having some homicide investigation experience. Their first investigation together involves an extremely overweight man, who appears to have been forced food down his throat. Upon further investigation, the word gluttony was written behind the fridge.

As the investigation moves on, we find victims that died under the causes of greed, sloth, lust, then eventually wrath and envy (the last two have a major significance on the plot). However, despite the gruesome way these crimes were committed, we are never shown who our killer is, and not given so much as a hint, since the suspect never leaves any fingerprints behind.

And I feel that is one of the thing that makes this work, was the fact that we as an audience find things out as the detectives do. We aren't shown who the person responsible (until the very near end, at least), or even his actions. The only things shown are outcomes of these brutal murders and horrible acts, not the murders and acts themselves. We as viewers, just like the two detectives in the film, are left to only guess how these events unfolded and we're only shown a piece.

For a film that is not actually a horror, it does a very good job at being dreary and quite scary. The majority of the film is set to the backdrop to an urban setting where it is constantly raining. We don't see the sun until the reveal of the primary suspect, and even in the sunlight it feels dreary. We feel a sense of dread and horror every time a new victim is found.

This is a film where it is impossible to talk too much about plot and not give anything away. The best way thing to say is that if you like detective films, don't mind some disturbing images, and haven't seen this one yet (even though it came out almost 20 years ago, now), then you owe it to yourself to sit down and watch it.

Another note, the films Director, David Fincher, is also the director of Alien 3 (his debut film, which I actually enjoyed very much, even though many people didn't), Fight Club, the American version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and oddly enough, The Social Network.

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