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Seven (DVD, 2004, Single Disc)

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Seven --- Taking the detective thriller to the next level

Apr 8, 2008
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Pros:great cast, very well presented story, intriguing and complex, exemplary cinematography

Cons:none

The Bottom Line: Everything about this film was well done, and it ended up being a very poiniant detective story that rewarded any audience member that stuck with it.


Director David Fincher set the tone early on for how he wanted everything in Seven depicted. He wasn't a natural choice to be in charge of the film, having really only done Alien 3 before this one, but in the end, it was pretty obvious that he was the right choice. For the dark material that the story portrays, it was extremely important to set a tone and provide the atmosphere for which a story like this would work. The film does just that, starting with main character Detective William Somerset laying down in bed and starting up his metronome to help drown out the dull roar of sounds around him. The slow ticking leads into an opening credits that are accompanied by music from Nine Inch Nails and splashes of scenes depicting the villain of the film meticulously going through several tasks.

When the credits have finished, we get a glimpse of a man laying in bed with his presumed wife, checking his watch and rolling out of bed to head to the first day on a new job. Again the movie sets its own mood by showing him standing in the rain, two cups of coffee in hand, waiting for his supervisor to show up at the crime scene. This is where we get the first real glimpse of Detective Somerset as he comes upon his new partner in the form of David Mills. Mills seems to know what he is doing, but he pails in comparison to the much more experienced Somerset, and has a lot to learn from this man who is less than a week from retirement. They are both about to deal with the case of their lives though, as they are first on scene to deal with what will turn into a set of serial killings using the seven deadly sins as a back-drop.

Morgan Freeman plays Detective Somerset in one of his best roles, and is accompanied by Brad Pitt as Detective Mills. Pitt is at his acting best, really becoming the character of Mills, and really showing of his talents with what turned out to be a pivotal role leading to his stardom in the 90's. Before this film, he has been seen as a sex symbol, but with Seven, he finally was able to stretch his abilities and show what he could do. What really makes the story work best for both actors, is that they are approaching a case that is nothing like either of them have seen before, and they both have to adjust to the working styles of the other to get this thing solved. Along the way both characters get developed quite well, and when we finally do get to see the villain, we are rooting for these two cops to solve the crime before anymore people fall victim.

This was one of those films that really re-invented a genre, and in this instance, it took the detective thriller to a new plateau by blending it with an almost horror-like plot. There is a lot of killing portrayed in the story, and even though most of it is found after the killer has enacted his crime upon them, the audience is made fully aware of exactly everything that has happened. For this reason, Seven is not a film that everyone would enjoy, and definitely not one that would be good for a younger audience. It was however, an extremely taught and well choreographed film that keeps you glued to the screen and sitting with baited breath all the way till the end. It is one of those films that has come to exemplify the careers of the actors involved, and for very good reason, because everything about this film was done to perfection. If you want a detective story that is going to present an involved plot and keep you interested in the quality of the production, this is one that gets a very high recommendation.













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