David Fincher’s Se7en is about Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) who is in the last days of his career. He is unsure about the new detective who has been brought in to replace him, Detective David Mills (Brad Pitt). But, Somerset is forced into reconsidering his retirement when he encounters his final case : a serial killer killing random people using Seven Deadly Sins as his modus operandi.
I am kickstarting my David Fincher series with my second favourite David Fincher movie, which is second only because it leaves you completely drained. If you are in for a David Fincher marathon, I would recommend watching Se7en the last. Se7en is a very tense psychological thriller. But fortunately, it never refrains from being a commercial fare. Brad Pitt is perfect in this movie. He really deserved a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance. Morgan Freeman deserved a Best Actor nomination for his role. Morgan Freeman is so subtle, so controlled in such chaos. And that is not a vice, for it is because of his time in the city.
The natural chemistry between Pitt and Freeman is the life of the movie. Pitt as the new rookie and Freeman as the experienced detective goes like bread and butter in this case. Se7en, along with The Silence of the Lambs, are the only movies I think that qualify both as a thriller and horror in equal proportions. When you are watching Se7en, you will be literally chewing your fingers because the nails will be on the floor once you see that Victor scene.
The dialogues of Se7en are one of the best is cinema. The way it keeps you engaged ! You may expect a cat and mouse chase throughout the movie when you begin with Se7en, but it gradually transcends into a moody, dull, chilling and deeply disturbing Before Sunrise. The movie constitutes of conversations between Pitt, Morgan and Paltrow in its running time and the conversations are witty and philosophical. We see the sort of father-son relationship of Pitt and Freeman coming into inception within these conversations. The initial rivalry between Pitt and Morgan’s characters develops into a father son relationship. This is well apparent when Somerset is about to call Mills a ‘son-of-a-bitch’ but stops at ‘son-of-a..’ because he has begun considering himself his father. A father who cares deeply about his son and won’t let any harm befall on him.
Se7en is a deeply philosophical and stark realistic movie as well. The city where these events are set into motion is the most horrible place on Earth. It never stops raining there. Se7en is shot very intelligently. Fincher lets us hear the crowds shouting at night and disturbing Somerset’s sleep. We are given grim words and some scenes of the city where we are given glimpses of the horror unleashed. It is the evil of the world put into a single place, which also happens to be the place where our protagonists resides. There is a saying ‘One rotten tomatoes in a basket spoil all the good ones’. That is what has happened here as well. Our serial killer is actually a good individual who is driven to the point of insanity by the evil happening around him and himself turns to the evil when he decides to take a stand against the evil. It is about the thin line existing between good and evil and about the individuals caught in the middle and also puts forth a question ‘Who decides what is evil ? ‘
The cinematography is in tone with the flick. There is a visually arresting scene in a library where Morgan Freeman is standing with green study lamps all around him. The scenes in the city are darkly lit signifying the evil prevailing in the city while the scenes where our protagonists receive clues and the scenes in the library are well lit, signifying that knowledge is the only factor which can lead a horrendous society to goodness.
The score by Howard Shore is mortifying and is a proof that he can adjust to every genre, and is as good as his score of Lord Of The Rings. There are many people who said the ending sucks. Well, they didn’t muster up enough concentration while watching Se7en because in a scene Somerset warns Mills about the case beforehand by saying ‘You know, this case is not going to have a happy ending.
Se7en is a thrilling and dark venture into the world of psychological thrillers and has superb performances, a brilliant script and stupendous cinematography and a nerve-wracking score, and is a benchmark in its genre and is one of David Fincher’s greatest works.
Rating : 9.4 / 10
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