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Seven (Se7en)

review by David G.


Rated R

Studio: New Line

Running Time: 127 Minutes

Starring Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey

Screenplay by Andrew Kevin Walker

Directed by David Fincher

Retail Price: $24.99

Features: Cast Bios

Specs: 2.35:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 French, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, French Subtitles, Chapter Search

In a town looking like every big towns, a serial killer commits terrible crimes based on the seven deadly sins. Two inspectors, the young David Mills (Brad Pitt) and the nearly retired William Sommerset (Morgan Freeman) are in charge to find the killer. But this last seems to have a plan that go beyond the two policemen who will face the greatest danger of their lives. Having different methods they will have to stick together to try to unmask the killer.

It's difficult to talk about this movie without revealing the plot, but his apparent simplicity does not make it another Lethal Weapon, on the contrary despite the well-known summary. But don't be mistaken, this is a real dark movie, without concession, very pessimistic. Here, there are no funny words, no jokes, no humor: there is no place to decompress. The weather is always rainy, everything is ugly even the characters except Tracy Mills (Gwyneth Paltrow) who is a sunshine in this darkness.

The most disturbing in this movie is not bloody sequences (they are very discreet) but its capacity to adopt the killer's point of view, and this, since the amazing (the word is not to strong) main title where we can see hands writing, collecting shady photos, cuttings their own fingertips with a broken editing and a creepy music : this is the most experimental main title you've ever seen. But the identification does not stop here, during the 30 last minutes, the killer named John Doe (perfect Kevin Spacey (as always)) explain about his motives and here is the most subversive part of the film. In effect, although we are not agree with his methods, David Fincher (Alien 3, Fight Club) manages to make us agree with his ideas, that is very frightening. During the last 5 minutes, we assist, helpless, at the psychological apocalypse in the head of David Mills. The fact that you don't really see the murders, force you to imagine what the killer has done and how he did it, and once more you have to penetrate the mind of John Doe.

Paradoxaly, even if I consider this film like a great movie, a huge movie, I don't know if I can say that I love it because it's too dark, too disturbing, too unhealthy.too desperate.

If you take the decision to watch this movie, prepare yourself to a journey in a killer's mind.

The movie is presented in the letterboxed format, and you will have to flip the disc. New Line chose this solution to keep the best picture as possible. However, there are some very rare artifacts.

Two soundtracks are proposed : English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Surround with English, French and Spanish subtitles. The sound is very delicate, the surround speakers are not often used but they create a worrying atmosphere. The subwoofer is rare too, but is very strong during the main title.

Nothing but some Bios. Wait for the Special Edition, which is coming soon.

I could talk about this movie during hours. You have to watch it as an experience. Some of you won't get into the movie because of its uncomfortableness, the others will face the devil embodied in a simple human.

(5/5, NOT included in final score)




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