Review of “Se7en” (Rewatch)

* * C

Se7en is a murder mystery made in 1995. It stars se7enMorgan Freeman and Brad Pitt as two cops hunting for a serial killer (Kevin “House of Cards” Spacey) who is staging a murder for each of the seven deadly sins. Gwyneth Paltrow plays Pitt’s wife, who hates the city they’ve moved too. The film is widely held up as a movie of the same caliber as Silence of the Lambs. Se7en has an IMDB rating of 8.5/10.

This film has not aged well. The sound track is alternately quiet, then blaring. The palette is dark, the sets dismal, filthy, and decaying. The inner city is portrayed as hell on earth. The police are powerless to catch the killer, in the words of Morgan Freeman’s character, merely recording his acts in case the information is ever needed in the courts. This film is depressing. The message is one of despair.

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2 Responses to Review of “Se7en” (Rewatch)

  1. Prime Six says:

    The despair and depression is part of why the film holds up in my opinion; it’s a dark thriller and effectively so if you watch it on release or today

    • jimbelton says:

      Apparently the original ending had “Wrath” (name of the actor withheld to prevent spoiling) committing suicide. That would have made the film even more nihilistic, though arguably better. Tragedy always leaves me a little unsatisfied.

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