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November 9, 2010

897. Se7en
Directed by David Fincher
USA, 1995
IMDB | allmovie

Reviewed by Rachel
First full viewing


Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) is close to retirement. To his annoyance he gets a new partner, the young and cocky Detective David Mills (Brad Pitt). The two must work out their differences when they end up working on a case that is bigger than either of them have ever experienced; a serial killer whose victims are killed to become examples of the Seven Deadly Sins.

Essential Scene:

Evidence at the scene of a previous killing leads Detectives Mills and Somerset and a SWAT team to a suspect’s apartment. The team break the front door down, and continue breaking doors down as they go through the dank, disgusting flat.

They enter the bedroom. Car air fresheners hang from the ceiling. Someone lies on the bed, covered in a blanket. They yell at him to get up. One team member pulls back the covers and reveals an emaciated corpse, surrounded by various syringes.

SWAT team member: Oh, fuck me. Dicks! You wanna come take a look at this!

Mills and Somerset enter the room, and tell the team to leave. The word “Sloth” is written over the bed. They search the room and find various items — including a set of photos, one for each day the man has been decaying in bed.

A member of the SWAT team prods the corpse before leaning over him. He whispers:

You got what you deserved.

After a beat; the “corpse” coughs and gasps for breath.


David Fincher’s Fight Club didn’t beat about the bush. So when I saw he directed Se7en, I took a sharp intake of breath and prepared myself for a bit of gruesomeness.

However, I was impressed at how the murders and crime scenes were dealt with. Fincher doesn’t overdo the visuals, although no grisly murder is going to be pleasant to look at, however brief.

I was also impressed by the film noir elements. Morgan Freeman’s character is a modern day Bogart in a modern day crime-filled city. He tries to stay methodical and distanced but you can tell the damage the job has caused him is irreparable.

Only thing is, shouldn’t the title actually be pronounced Sesevenen?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mark Busby permalink
    November 9, 2010 7:00 pm

    I happened to see Se7en for the first time in many years last night. I was surprised at how weak Brad’s performance was compared to the excellence of all the other elements.
    One other thing – many years ago when it was first shown on the telly, independent of eachother, both my mother and I came up with exactly the same, and much more unpleasant alternative ending as to what’s in the box. I worry about this sometimes.

    • November 12, 2010 12:35 pm

      Was your alternative ending that the box contains the keys to a brand new Cadillac? Then a game show host with a toupee appears from nowhere and congratulates Brad on winning hidden camera quiz “Se7en-to-1”?

      I’ve not seen Se7en yet, so I wouldn’t know if that really is the ending.

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