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Se7en (1995)

  Tags: 90's, Brad Pitt, David Fincher, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman, R. Lee Ermey, se7en, serial killer, seven, thriller

Your rating: None Average: 7.7 (33 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
10

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Rating #: 
10/10
Director: 
David Fincher
Runtime: 
127 minutes
Cast: 
Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, R. Lee Ermey


1995 brought us the brilliant Se7en, shocking impressionable viewers with its creativity and unique approach to the tired serial killer sub-genre. Budgeted at an estimated $30-million, it went on to gross more than 3-times that and received countless nominations for various awards, and even winning the prestigious Mtv movie award (HA!). With the imaginative mind of David Fincher behind the camera, and a cast of power stars like Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kevin Spacey, how could this movie go wrong? Of course at the time the named stars weren't as popular as they are now, but Spacey did just finish another brilliant film (The Usual Suspects), so he was already on his way.

As if you didn't know, the plot follows a couple detectives as they're hot on a new case involving strange murders that are apparently linked to the biblical seven deadly sins. Knowing this, the detectives attempt to guess the next victim and how he/she will die, and in the process hope to find the madman behind it all. This movie spews all kinds of original from the look, to the story. I also can't forget to mention the crazy ways these victims died. Some of the images are still fresh in my mind, despite not having last seen the movie in months. I remember when I first saw it as a youngin' I had to turn my head a couple times. Over the years they were a few copycats, one such that I can think of off the bat would be 1999's direct-to-video Christopher Lambert starred Resurrection. Of course the copycats would never retain the same tone that Se7en did.

You couldn't guess what would happen next in this film, which would eventually lead to a crazy climax that I'm sure shocked a number of viewers. It took Andrew Kevin Walker a period of two years to write this script and it really pays off; the story of an ambitious young detective and veteran partner, who's close to retiring, and how they eventually get mixed up in the killer's plan, keeps the viewers on the edge of their seats from start to finish. A very unique aspect the film offers is the fact that, although the killer "John Doe" ranks among the highest most sadistic killers in cinematic history (alongside Hannibal Lecter of course) he is never shown doing anything to his victims. I believe this movie deserves a 10-rating, because for a film to be so creative and as interesting as it is just begs for such a rating and I am here to deliver it.

If you haven't seen this movie you should be ashamed of yourself. You don't have to be a genre fan to enjoy this baby. See it!!!

Posted on November 5, 2009 - 5:30pm | FrighT MasteR

 

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