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Homicide detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) has just seven days left to retirement when he is paired with his brash replacement David Mills (Brad Pitt). The pair investigate the murder of a man who has been force-fed until he burst, then that of a rich lawyer made to cut a pound of flesh from his own body and consequently bled to death. The fact that the word 'greed' is written in blood on the carpet leads Somerset to speculate that they are dealing with a serial killer who is using the seven deadly sins as a blueprint.
The most viscerally frightening and disturbing homicidal maniac picture since The Silence of the Lambs, Seven is based on an idea that's both gruesome and ingenious. A serial killer forces each of his victims to die by acting out one of the seven deadly sins. The murder scene is then artfully arranged into a grotesque tableau, a graphic illustration of each mortal vice. From the jittery opening credits to the horrifying (and seemingly inescapable) concluding twist, director David Fincher immerses us in a murky urban twilight where everything seems to be rotting, rusting, or moulding; the air is cold and heavy with dread. Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt are the detectives who skillfully track down the killer--all the while unaware that he has been closing in on them, as well. Gwyneth Paltrow and Kevin Spacey are also featured, but it is director Fincher and the ominous, overwhelmingly oppressive atmosphere of doom that he creates that are the real stars of the film. It's a terrific date movie--for vampires. --Jim Emerson, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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We are presented with a vision of a city that is so bleak and cruel that no one ever mentions its name. Two detectives--the cynical older detective (Freeman) and the ambitious young detective (Pitt)--are investigating the vilest series of murders that a cinema-going public can cope with. Each murder is based on one of the seven deadly sins everything from greed to, tragically at the climax of the film, wrath. Be thankful for one thing--that these murders were never shown to us; all we see is the bloody aftermath of these violent and unthinkable crimes. This is the master stroke of the film, for it catapults it from a gory slasher flick into cinematic art. It is a bleak, terrifying vision of the world we live in, and leaves you thinking, even hoping, that this is entirely a tale of fiction and such a place does not exist.
This 'two disc set' is in my eyes a major disappointment for a film of Seven's magnitude. The special features are awkwardly displayed and takes a bit of getting used to. The deleted scenes are OK but like most films, it is obvious why they were not included in the final cut. I always look for a comprehensive documentary in such an edition, but sadly it does not arrive. Plus-points are the picture and sound transfer is top notch; you will think it is raining outside! This does not compensate however for a two disc set which is nowhere near as good as it could have been.
Seven is one of the most chilling and exciting films to grace the screen, and for this it deserves to be part of any DVD collection out there. Along with Fight Club, it ranks as David Fincher's greatest achievement. I have gave it five stars for the film itself, not for the package. You could almost fit the entire features and the film itself into a solitary disc.
The title sequences are the best I have seen (I wrote an essay on the subject for art college!), they set the mood perfectly for Fincher's masterpiece, he uses a special thicker film to make sure the shadows really are pitch dark (as oppose to the dark grey most films have) - this is a mark of quality, the actual direction is spot on, the film is well paced and never moves too fast neither does it dwell too much on any one story, I could go on about this more but it would be narcissistic!
So moving on to the acting... It is faultless, Morgan Freeman plays a detective who thinks he's seen it all but is shaken by the psychopathic fundamental character portrayed by Kevin Spacey, the other main actor Brad Pitt also delivers a good performance as the young 'rookie'. The screenplay focuses predominantly around these three characters, the plot involves all of them in a complex story revolving around Chaucer's Canterbury tales which pulls you, the viewer, in to the dark world of inner-city homicide and the twisted mind of the murderer.
The DVD features include interesting commentaries from all relevant parties (director, cinematographer, sound + actors etc.) and also some supplements of which some are fillers while others are interesting, for example the storyboarded alternative ending and my personal favourite the making of the infamous title sequences.
However, I'd probably rate the features 3/5 over all. As for the film, it deserves 5 stars and is very worthy of a place in anyone who likes plot and depth to their films.
The film moves at a good pace, and twists and turns to great effect. The acting is also something to write home about. Morgan Freeman cannot be faulted as usual, Brad Pitt plays a good part and Kevin Spacey is chilling in his role as the killer.
Now to the two-CD special edition. The best parts of the two discs are the commentaries. Not only can you listen to David Fincher, Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, but you can also hear from the screen writer and others. Sometimes it leads to a bit of waffle, but the majority is interesting. The rest of the features are fillers in my opinion and don't lead to any greater insight into the film or its makers.
For this reason I'd probably go for the one disc edition if it's cheaper - especially if this already includes the commentaries (which are featured on Disc 1 of the Special Edition anyway).
So the long and the short of it is that the film is a total winner. Don't expect a cross between Driving Miss Daisy (Morgan Freeman) and Legends of the Fall (Brad Bitt) though - as one poor couple at the first screenings did, according to one of the commentaries. You'll be shocked and possibly scarred for life.
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Good film. Good plot. A bit gruesome in places, with a good finish. Thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 6 days ago by B. L. P.
Gripping crime drama, but shocking, inhuman subject matter... why make a film based on a massively perverted mind?Published 11 days ago by roger sapsford
Saw this films years ago when i was in my teens and still love it today my all time favouritePublished 19 days ago by Mr. Matthew Brown