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Seven
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Directed By
David Fincher

Written By:
Andrew Kevin Walker

Cast:
Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, R. Lee Ermey, Richard Roundtree, John C. McGinley, Reg E. Cathey, Peter Crombie, Julie Araskog, Julie Araskog

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Seven (1995)
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Movie Review by Chris
June 19th, 2008

This thriller portrays the exploits of a deranged serial-killer. His twisted agenda involves choosing seven victims who represent egregious examples of transgressions of each of the Seven Deadly Sins. He then views himself as akin to the Sword of God, handing out horrific punishment to these sinners. Two cops, an experienced veteran of the streets who is about to retire and the ambitious young homicide detective hired to replace him, team up to capture the perpetrator of these gruesome killings. Unfortunately, they too become ensnared in his diabolical plan....

Brad Pitt is a really successful man in modern day Hollywood. Known almost by every teenager in the world, Seven, playing as David Mills was one of his more raw performances. He does really an amazing job with his character and handles everything right. The thing thats very interesting about this movie is the fact that both Mills and Somerset, played by Morgan Freeman, are two completely different people who are forced to work together. This makes for some great character developments as they constantly disagree with eachother and such. While Mills is more of a modern day man then Somerset is, hes impatient and automatically assumes what happens instead of thinking it out. Somerset on the other hand takes his time to go to the library and read up on everything. He's calm, cool and very smart. Kevin Spacey's performance is both scary and smart. He handles it all well.

The movie is scary because everything that the killer talks about is true. The movie focuses on the Seven Deadly Sins. Everybody he kills works with one way or another for him to supposedly change the world. As he kills everyone from a greedy lawyer to a a filthy prostitute. There is a dialogue scene between Kevin and Brad in the car. As Kevin describes his killings and such, I couldnt help but feel that everything he said was true. Which it is. The movie battles modern day society in a very real and well done manner.

The visual style of the film is one of the big standpoints of the movie. As Fincher uses shot angles and everything really well to make everything as a stronger impact. The action scenes and everything that involves some sort of adrenaline, its all shot well. Also, this film is very dark and brutal, which just about fits everything that sorrounds this movie. The darks are dark, and the lights are certainly very bright. And, its always raining, constantly. The movie feels more real and dark this way.

The only problem I have with the movie is that at times it felt a little bit exaggerated with the cases. Another thing was that this movie took a lot of thinking which is hard for me. Ha. Very smart this movie is.

So Seven is the darkest, most brutal film I have seen in a long time. Plus, its the best serial killer film I have ever seen. With fine acting and an impacting visual style, this movie is plain awesome.

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