Seven (Se7en) Reviews
I see that many people in the critic reviews section seem to discount this movie due to the unbelievable nature of the progression of the storyline. I believe this criticism in immensely unfair; The purpose of a movie, and most certainly not this one, is not to be 'realistic'. The beauty of this movie is that through cinematography consisting of well placed and suspenseful music as well as a thread of a dark decrepit thread that runs throughout the movie takes the viewer to a place within themselves in which their deepest darkest desires and fears lie. It is because of this that the events that construct the storyline are acceptable; they are a grandiose display of the negative attributes that lie within all of humanity to some extent.
What I really enjoyed most about the movie were the progression of the main characters Somerset and Mills and their arch throughout the story and their purpose in serving the plot itself. In the early scenes of the movie one can see the two detectives are starkly different; Somerset is inquisitive, calculating, and level headed while Mills is impulsive, aggressive, and proud. I believe these two characters serve to not only create conflict to make the storyline more complex, but also present a social commentary because despite the fact that they are so different, as a viewer one is able to relate to both. They represent the push and pull of those characteristics within humanity.
One should not even have to argue. Se7en is no doubt an incredible movie, full of allusions to the bible that aid in presenting a commentary on the society in which we live. The message of the movie is to convey the decay of morals in our society, which parallels the thread of decay in the film.
Set in an unspecified corrupt and gritty city, we follow a pair of detectives: Veteran William Somerset and city newcomer David Mills. This pair is assigned a case about a murder who executes people according to the seven deadly sins, so Mills and Somerset start a race against time to find the murderer before he finishes his seventh part masterpiece.
Mystery films centered on serial killers are nothing new and most of them are quite generic and forgettable, but that rule doesn't apply to Fincher´s breakthrough film. "Seven" counts with solid performance (as expected form perfectionist David Fincher), flawed characters that may lack depth but they are still interesting, a masterfully crafted gritty and disturbing atmosphere that provides a feeling of hopelessness, the visuals are shocking and unforgettable (some people may find them disturbing), the editing is kinetic and extremely effective in adding a feeling of desperation (starting from that beautifully creepy title sequence), a well written script that know how to keep the audience at the edge pf their seat, the ending is one of the most shocking and macabre I´ve ever seen (that ending is so powerful that it has being spoiled at the same level of some iconic scenes like the shower scene in "Psycho" or the prom scene in "Carrie", just to name some examples), Fincher´s perfectionist directing manages to craft a quite dark tone and holds it up until the last second of the film and his attention to details adds more power to the investigation, the villain is one of the most haunting in recent memory, a limited but striking and smart use of gore, smart storytelling that knows how to proportion or withheld information to the audiences, cinematography that manages to achieve a lot from a limited lighting and color palette, and overall is an intense experience. But regardless of all those fantastic elements, the biggest issue this film has is pacing as it drags at certain scenes and rushes at others.
"Seven" is the darkest film of Fincher´s resume but it is one of his best as it is shocking, memorable, intense and masterfully crafted. Filled with unforgettable scenes and solid performances, this is one of the best murder mysteries you can find.
2 detectives try to hunt down a psychopath as he kills people in grotesque ways based around the seven deadly sins.
This movie contains several memorable scenes which have the tendency to knock you off guard. Besides the ending, another amazing scene is when they investigate the sloth victim. The gore is amazing but we get the jumpscare of our lives in it. I'm not going to spoil it though because otherwise I'll ruin it. Many people will agree that the ending is the best part by far. It is tense and suspenseful and it is completely unpredictable. It is one of the most memorable movie endings by far.
Also, the acting is amazing also. In my opinion, Kevin Spacey and Brad Pitt both give one of their best performances yet. Morgan Freeman's also gives as amazing performance and it is rivaled only by his performance in The Shawshank Redemption.
The acting worked real well because this movie did a great job with its choice of casting. Fincher probably looked at previous works of Freeman, Pitt, and Spacey's roles and he knew that they would be perfect for these roles and his casting choices really paid off.
As much I want to give this movie a 10, there are a few scenes which I felt carried on a bit too long or were more slower-paced than the rest of the movie. There weren't too much that bothered me too an extensive degree though. However, I do think that this would've been a masterpiece if it weren't for those few scenes.
Nobody thought much of Fincher when he directed Alien 3 and he was originally dismissed as just another style over substance director. However, he looked at the mistakes that movie made and he showed moviegoers with this movie that he is a talented director. Since then, he has made several more amazing movies (especially Fight Club) and he is now one of the more appreciated directors working today.
In conclusion, Se7en is a near perfect movie. Sure, the pacing can be a bit slow at times but this is still an amazing crime drama and I think that this is one of the best crime movies ever made. It will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time and it contains one of the best finales to a movie ever. I understand why some people disliked this movie but none of the reasons affect my opinion of this movie and I think that it is a must-watch for everyone as long as you don't mind realistic violence and gore.