Seven 1995

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(215) IMDb 8.7/10
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This dark, stylish thriller is set in a hellish vision of a big city. Somerset (one week from retirement) and Mills (young and fiery) are two homicide detectives who must solve a series of grisly murders of victims representing the seven deadly sins -and see the case to its horrible conclusion...

Starring:
Daniel Zacapa, Richard Portnow
Runtime:
2 hours 6 minutes

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Seven

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Director David Fincher
Starring Daniel Zacapa, Richard Portnow
Supporting actors Morgan Freeman, John McGinley, R. Lee Ermey, John Cassini, Andrew Kevin Walker, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bob Mack, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Peter Crombie
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 July 2004
Format: DVD
Seven is in my opinion the greatest thriller of the 90's, a disturbingly dark film which captivates its audiences and draws them into a world of evil and sin. The cast are all superb, especially the two detectives Mills and Summerset, played by the uncanny ability of Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. One a tempermental rookie, the other an aged retirement-bound cop, together they try to solve a case where a man is cruelly murdering his victims based on the seven deadly sins. This leads us to an unforgettable conclusion where all the themes of the films are intervined and drawn out with devastating power.
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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nolene-Patricia Dougan VINE VOICE on 4 May 2007
Format: DVD
After Legends of the Fall, Brad Pitt has been rumoured to have thrown a bit of a wobbler, wanting to be taken seriously as an actor and not just be seen as a teenage heart-throb. He cut off his blond locks and, for his next film, chose a much darker and sinister detective story that the teenage girls would have trouble getting into the cinema to see. What followed this decision is a cinematic masterpiece, a truly nightmarish tale that at times is hard to watch.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jan 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Seven is by far the best phycological thriller that I have ever seen. David Fincher's atmospheric and dark interpretation of the disturbing criminal underground in which evil lurks is magificent. This combined with the brilliant casting of Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt and in particular Kevin Spacey make this an awesome movie.
I don't believe that you can draw parallels with this and 'Crime and Punishment' and any true 'humanist' would be fascinated to see the depth at which the film explores human morality and behaviour.
The best ending you will ever see. Excellent.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. Kilvington on 17 Dec 2002
Format: DVD
This is a quality psychological thriller, with the emphasis on psycho. It's a dark film with lots of rain, shady scenery and gory murders. But if you're not affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), not put off by a story about the darkest side of life and not shocked by blood, buy it now.
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Paciej on 6 May 2004
Format: DVD
Seven is one of my all time favourite films, it excels in all areas - the plot, the direction, the acting, the palette and mood of the film and the sound.
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.
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