A seasoned homicide detective and his new partner are on a desperate hunt for a killer whose gruesome crimes are based on the Seven Deadly Sins.

Year: 1995
Certificate: 18
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Brad PittMorgan FreemanGwyneth PaltrowKevin SpaceyR. Lee ErmeyRichard RoundtreeJohn C. McGinleyRichard SchiffMark Boone JuniorMichael Massee

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An original and clever story that could have been told better

Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride; the seven deadly sins and the opposites of the seven virtues of the catholic faith. Also, the theme that a serial killer uses in the classic 90’s thriller “Seven” (often stylised as “Se7en”) from director David Fincher. I saw this film back in the days of the VHS tape and remember it being fairly shocking so when it was added to Netflix I added it to my watch list with the aim of introducing it to my other half and also watching the film for the first time in nearly twenty years.

The film starts with Mills (Brad Pitt), a detective that just arrived at his new job, meeting up with Somerset (Morgan Freeman) at a crime scene. It’s a fairly gruesome crime scene but, surprisingly, not as gruesome or shocking as I remember. It transpires that this was a murder and the word ‘GLUTTONY’ was also found. Somerset mutters the classic trope of “only a week left to retirement” so you know things won’t go well for him – and they don’t; there’s another murder – this time with the word ‘GREED’ written in the victim’s blood. At this point the two detectives realise there will be five more murders and start their investigation into finding the serial killer.

Considering the calibre of the film’s cast, the acting often feels wooden and it can be hard at times to really get into the film because of this. There are parts of the story that are a bit clichéd – new cop in new town; new cop has to prove himself; old cop befriends new cop etc etc. However, while it may be predictable in parts, “Seven” excels in telling an original and clever story. There are a few twists and turns as we see just how much planning the killer has put into his killing spree and a few action scenes and chases.

As the murders continue our two detectives close in on the main suspect – but will he be caught in time before 7 murders are carried out? We don’t do spoilers so you’ll have to watch it for yourself to see. Needless to say it plays out the suspense right to the very end of the film. I do feel that some scenes dragged out a bit too long and at just over 2 hours I can’t help thinking it could have been edited down to a solid 90-100 minutes. Overall “Seven” is still a good film and worthy of a re-watch although with films like “Saw” and “Hostel” taking gore and torture to the extreme, “Seven” feels a lot less shocking than it was on it’s initial release.

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