Discs Are Rated
review by David G.
Studio: New Line
Running Time: 127 Minutes
Starring Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow,
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
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
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
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
NOT an average)