Film Review: Se7en (1995)

Posted by prla1983 on October 08, 2005 • 0 commentsEmail This Post

[ This review was originally published here ]

Boy, what can I say about this film that hasn't been said yet? In my eyes, it is easily the best psychopath movie I've ever seen. But that alone seems a little gratuitious, doesn't it? So let's be a little more specific.

The tone of the film is perfect all the way through. Shot in a noir style, David Fincher ("The Game", "Fight Club") managed to get the mood just right: bleak, tragic, dark, wet and crazy. Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman are two detectives hot on the trail of a crazed psychopath (or so they think) who happens to get off by making ordinary people an example of each of the seven deadly sins.

What starts to be a regular psycho film, becomes totally out of the ordinary halfway through when the detectives become aware that it is not your average-run-of-the-mill psychopath they are dealing with. Just when they think they are about to screw him, it's him who's screwing them. And that's one of the remarkable beauties of this film which makes it quite unique in its genre.

Kevin Spacey is one of those actors whose screen presence emanates such class that he can aswell just sit around looking pretty. In "Se7en", there's a scene where Spacey engages in a supreme dialogue with Pitt and Freeman through the security division of a police car on the way to a particularly important location. This scene is for many reasons the centerpoint of the movie and Spacey's performance is so convincing that at some point you begin to question the atrocity of his previous deeds and whether there's actually some truth in his arguments. Few actors could play this as well as Spacey but he totally nails it.

Take a brilliant director and three superb actors, all of whom can't put out a bad performance for the life of them. Add amazing cinematography and a top-notch, virtually flawless thriller script. What you get is one of the best films of the decade and a landmark in the career of everyone involved.


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