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First off, with the exception of The Silence of the Lambs, I hate serial killer movies, and anything that seems like a spinoff of Lifetime network TV (as most serial killer movies do). Seven is exceptional. Seven, as a movie, is art.
Kevin Spacey's character owns this movie. He manipulates the action, and he is only "caught" by a conscious choice to turn himself in.
Morgan Freeman plays a seasoned detective with too much exposure to humanity, bordering on burnout. Brad Pitt, the young, fresh, impulsive detective in training. Hmmm. But who cares about that, they are simply vehicles for Spacey's character.
Seven crimes, seven deadly sins, a serial killer who sees himself as an artist, these kills as his life's work. Each death is meticulously executed by Spacey in such a grotesque fashion one cannot help but be fascinated. Who is this guy and how are they going to catch him? The investigative bit that leads to a meeting between the detective duo and the killer stems from their probing of the man's library book check-out list. His reading material is directly linked to the detailed execution of his victims, and they track him down through a very specific reading list. Spacey, of course, gets away.
Gluttony, Sloth, Greed, Vanity, Lust......are all ticked off and Pitt and Freeman have yet to catch up with this guy a second time.
Envy and Rage remain. Then, Spacey walks into the police station, blood-stained hands behind his head, turning himself in. (Or is he?) He will take them to the location of the next victim but only under a set of convoluted conditions which, of course, the detectives chose to allow.
Essentially, the 3 characters are trapped together in a deserted locale, reinforcements/back-up only able to watch/listen from a distance. Envy is revealed by the delivery of a mysterious package. Then Rage....only there is a choice. Pitt's character has a decision to make, his decision directly impacts whether or not Rage will be carried out, whether or not Spacey's character will win.
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Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age