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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
18
Cast
Brad Pitt
Morgan Freeman
Gwyneth Paltrow.
Directors
David Fincher.
Screenwriters
Andrew Kevin Walker.
Running Time
126 minutes

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Seven
Superb modern horror with a twist to die for.


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Plot
Two detectives try to run a gruesome serial killer to ground who based his murders on the seven deadly sins.


Review
Seven isn't just a movie, it's a mind fuck, a psychological trip through hell that leaves your head spinning, your heart pumping and your stomach crying out for the medicinal properties of a stiff whiskey, or five. Not since The Exorcist has there been a mainstream Hollywood studio movie as extraordinarily dark, bleak, intense, and as monumentally scary as this. From its sensory assaulting opening credits, through to its desolate and very shocking finale, Seven goes for the gut, and like an insidious gnawing in the pit of your stomach, it never lets up. Be warned, this is not comfortable viewing.

In an anonymous US city in which it always rains and nobody seems to have bothered to pay their electricity bill, a serial killer is busy slaying his victims according to the seven deadly sins: gluttony, greed, sloth, envy, etc, leaving a sick procession of corpses, each one murdered in a way related to their own particular sin: a wealthy defence lawyer is forced to cut off a pound of his own flesh (greed); an obese man is forced fed until his stomach explodes (gluttony); a prostitute (lust) is... well, best see for yourself. Assigned to the case are veteran cop William Somerset (Freeman), a methodical, world-weary thinker and a week away from retirement after 34 years on the force, and his hot-headed young new partner David Mills (Pitt), recently relocated, along with his wife (Paltrow), to this hellhole of a city, eager to make a name for himself. Try as they might they are always one step behind the murderer, but all too late his true motives are revealed to them.

Director David Fincher, who previously helmed the equally gloomy Alien3, creates an overwhelming sense of unease, presenting a world of irredeemable ugliness, a grim, melancholic, depressing, decaying society from which there is no escape. This movie even smells rank. But despite the gruesomeness of the crimes this is no slasher movie. In the same way that Manhunter relied on the psychological for its impact, so too does Seven. The victims are never killed onscreen. Instead, we catch glimpses of the corpses at the crime scene, or in the morgue, or in the snatches of black-and-white police photographs that are flashed before us. Perhaps more disturbingly, you are mostly left to visualise in your mind the full extent of the killer's atrocities when they are discussed, matter-of-factly, by Pitt and Freeman.

As the cops move closer to their foe (whose identity is revealed late and by then it doesn't really matter anyway since it's fundamentally irrelevant) the movie shifts from thriller territory into the realms of horror, and it's here that Fincher and screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker pull off their greatest coup, a piece of cinematic genius - the most downbeat ending imaginable. Ever. You come away reeling, emotionally and mentally, shaken and most definitely stirred, muttering to yourself that they couldn't possibly have done that. But they did. Oh boy, did they. For the ending alone, this is simply unmissable.


Extras

Seven Seven
Released: 01 February 2001
Four separate commentary tracks with input from all the principals; a second disc contains an exploration of the opening title sequence, deleted scenes, storyboarded alternate endings, production designs, trailers, still photographs, TV spots, EPK excerpts and a section on the remastering of the film for ‘home theatre’.


Verdict
A dark, gripping thriller which saves it's most shocking revelations for the final scenes.


Reviewed by Mark Salisbury


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one of the best horror movies ever!!!

this was a film that i misjudged but after watching it i could not stop thinking about how amazing that it was. Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt all deliver fantastic performances especially Kevin Spacey as John Doe. the films ending was so dark deep and even destructive that even the second time you watch it you'll be feeling your grip tightening. i could say more but i don't want to spoil anything (of course you shouldn't spoil any) but never spoil this film for anyone let them watch... More

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Posted by *Dyn0mitedeck* at 16:14, 16 October 2013 | Report This Post


The Chinatown of the '90s

I certainly can't write a review that will do this movie justice so I'll just say that this is, without a doubt, my favourite serial killer thriller and while Fight Club is the more ambitious film, for me, this is David Fincher's masterpiece. It also has my favourite opening title sequence and one of my all-time favourite movie endings. Quite simply, it's one of my favourite movies, period. Truly outstanding. ... More

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Posted by Mr Gittes at 16:29, 06 February 2013 | Report This Post


"It's impressive to see a man feeding off his emotions"

From the very beginning, director David Fincher constructs an atmospheric, often frightening dystopian setting, imbued with melancholy and an almost overwhelming sense of dread, making Seven one of the single greatest thrillers of the 1990's. ... More

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Posted by movienut707 at 01:44, 19 October 2012 | Report This Post


Seven (or Se7en) is one of the best psychological thrillers ever made in my opinon, there I've said it. The film is very gruesome however and should not be watched by the easily nauseated or offended, because seven doesn't let slip any of the gory details. If, like me, you thought after the first gut wrenching murder scene, things couldn't possible get any worse, could they? Well you thought wrong because the death of 'Gluttony' is not a scratch on what comes later, starvation, rape and bloodlet... More

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Posted by scottpilgrim95 at 23:08, 01 May 2011 | Report This Post


Boss

As far as psychological crime thrillers go, Se7en is nigh on unbeatable. Fincher's care in its' direction and always-intriguing premise ensure that this is an uncomfortable and shocking viewing experience that it's impossible to tear your eyes away from. David Fincher does what he does so well, Morgan Freeman is, as always, absolutely excellent, and Brad Pitt simply shines in a role that feels perfect for him, and is also the perfect antidote for those who saw him in his Tyler-guise in the also ... More

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Posted by blaud at 13:22, 06 March 2011 | Report This Post


A Perfect Collaboration of Hollywodd Glitz & Indy Arthouse

Watching the film now although definately a classic it doesn't seem nearly as edgy as when it was released, but that is because has has influenced modern cinema in such a huge way, from the opening titles to the superb score and fantastic cinematography. The script is held up as a shining example of the art and rightly so, with not only a (at the time) very original story with the two excellent flawed leads, wonderfully drawn supporting characters and a brilliantly nuanced script (for instance ... More

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Posted by topsturner at 21:47, 10 January 2011 | Report This Post


FIncher is one of the best!

What an amazing film! Really classic one! ... More

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Posted by The Great Danton at 08:56, 31 October 2010 | Report This Post


Psychological Thrillers at their Very Best

The movie that turned David Fincher, the man who ruined the Alien series into one of the coolest directors in Hollywood, not to mention being one of the career defining roles for Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey. Se7en takes us through a week in the life of two homicide detectives on the hunt for a murderer exacting gruesome retribution for the seven deadly sins. Kevin Spacey's villain is the second finest moment of his career (besides the Usual Suspects), while Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman prove t... More

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Posted by COLO at 15:22, 08 July 2010 | Report This Post


Pretty Average

Don't get me wrong,It is better then most thrillers you see these days,from me it deserves three stars and a half.It didn't really meet expectations,it was very slow paced but the last half hour kinda made up for it,and of course it did have great acting,but it was sort of predictable that the bad guy was gonna go for Brad Pitt's wife.Zodiac was better and neither of them compare to Fight Club.But I guess it's not fair to compare average movies to th greatest movie of all time. ... More

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Posted by JohnPaul1996 at 22:43, 10 June 2010 | Report This Post


Pretty Average

Don't get me wrong,It is better then most thrillers you see these days,from me it deserves three stars and a half.It didn't really meet expectations,it was very slow paced but the last half hour kinda made up for it,and of course it did have great acting,but it was sort of predictable that the bad guy was gonna go for Brad Pitt's wife.Zodiac was better and neither of them compare to Fight Club.But I guess it's not fair to compare average movies to th greatest movie of all time. ... More

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Posted by JohnPaul1996 at 22:43, 10 June 2010 | Report This Post


SPOILER

Don't get me wrong,It is better then most thrillers you see these days,from me it deserves three stars and a half.It didn't really meet expectations,it was very slow paced but the last half hour kinda made up for it,and of course it did have great acting,but it was sort of predictable that the bad guy was gonna go for Brad Pitt's wife.Zodiac was better and neither of them compare to Fight Club.But I guess it's not fair to compare average movies to th greatest movie of all time. ... More

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Posted by JohnPaul1996 at 22:42, 10 June 2010 | Report This Post


SPOILER

Don't get me wrong,It is better then most thrillers you see these days,from me it deserves three stars and seven eights.It didn't really meet expectations,it was very slow paced but the last half hour kinda made up for it,and of course it did have great acting,but it was sort of predictable that the bad guy was gonna go for Brad Pitt's wife.Zodiac was better and neither of them compare to Fight Club.But I guess it's not fair to compare average movies to th greatest movie of all time. ... More

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Posted by JohnPaul1996 at 22:41, 10 June 2010 | Report This Post


SPOILER

Don't get me wrong,It is better then most thrillers you see these days,from me it deserves three stars and seven eights.It didn't really meet expectations,it was very slow paced but the last half hour kinda made up for it,and of course it did have great acting,but it was sort of predictable that the bad guy was gonna go for Brad Pitt's wife.Zodiac was better and neither of them compare to Fight Club.But I guess it's not fair to compare average movies to th greatest movie of all time. ... More

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Posted by JohnPaul1996 at 22:40, 10 June 2010 | Report This Post


outstanding

Most people thought alien 3 was bad because it was to dark and therefore david fichner was a bad director, Se7en is brilliant because of how dark it was. this is the second best david fichner film in my opinion. its incredible ... More

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Posted by sidey17 at 15:31, 09 May 2010 | Report This Post


Fincher's masterpiece...

And he doesn't resort to the dramatic and kick-ass filming-making techniques from 'Fight Club', instead using appropriately more subtle tracking shots. One thing that 'Se7en' shares with 'Fight Club' is the fact that they both contain stunning performances. No-one, absolutely no-one, could have done a better job as John Doe than Kevin Spacey (the man's a legend) and Brad Pitt is both funny and gut-wrenchingly tragic as Det. Mills, but Freeman's is still the standout performance and I think he in... More

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Posted by !xHoTRoDx! at 21:15, 08 November 2009 | Report This Post


best thriller ever made!

i love this film. the plot is amazing and the actors are brilliant with the emotionless kevin spacey and the typical cop/s played by brad pit and morgan freeman. i really reccomend this film ... More

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Posted by snatch099 at 08:08, 13 September 2009 | Report This Post


One of Se7en's greatest points is that they don't show everything. For most of the murders David Fincher only hints at whats happened, or only shows a glimpse, leaving the rest to the imagination. It shows that films don't need to be gory. And the script is brilliant - both leads really show their character's personalities, and the supporting cast are perfect. The end of the film, though, is when you realise just how good it is. ... More

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Posted by MovieAddict247 at 12:36, 12 July 2009 | Report This Post


Gluttony. Greed. Sloth. Lust. Pride. Envy. Wrath.

David Fincher directs a flawless cast in this gripping cat-and-mouse thriller which steers clear of cliche and delivers a chillingly memorable ending ... More

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Posted by vermin101 at 12:12, 12 July 2009 | Report This Post


Fincher-esque

Se7en is a fantastic film. This, along with the equally brilliant Fight Club and Zodiac make David Fincher a modern day Kubrick. Very few times have I watched a film and been so engrossed that my mind has not wandered into thoughts like 'What should I have for my tea'. Fincher-esque is a term I will throw around, his unique style of film making and his ability to make such shockingly unexpected twists make this man a genius in his own right. Also, credit where credit is due, there should be some... More

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Posted by DudeSimpson at 18:41, 17 January 2009 | Report This Post


fantastic! this, fight club, and zodiac has put fincher as one of my favourite directors within just a few weeks. this film is so expected yet not predictable. ... More

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Posted by tango fett at 22:45, 12 October 2008 | Report This Post


Nothing can get more horrifying and more classic than this.

Is the Best Murder Mystery ever - along with De Palma's 'Dressed To Kill(1980)'. Has the Best Villain ever - along with Amon Goeth of Schindler's List(1993). (Would not spoil the name for those who have not yet watched this masterpiece.). Is also one of the best acclaimed masterpieces ever. (Note: Hannibal Lecter is not a villain even though he is a psychotic character. We can sympathise with Lecter as we can understand his point of view but we never can do that with Goeth or the villian here.... More

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Posted by Amol at 11:22, 26 September 2008 | Report This Post


¡ must-see-movie. ... More

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Posted by nc_jj at 00:10, 09 April 2008 | Report This Post


One word

Faultless ... More

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