Seven

Seven

DVD - 1997
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A psychological thriller about two detectives on the trail of a serial killer who chooses his victims according to the seven deadly sins.
Publisher: [S.l] : New Line Home Video, c1997
ISBN: 9780780646896
0780646894
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (2 hrs., 7 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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jimg2000
Jun 05, 2018

Roger-Ebert’s review labeled Al Pacino’s 2018 Hangman was a cheapo Seven knock-off. Instead of spoiled by having watched the film before, appreciated the pairing of the salty set-to-retire detective (Freeman) and the idealistic young partner (Pitt.) Like to add that the monster John Doe portrayed by Kevin Spacey is honored by many critics as one of the most hated villains in cinema.

CarlitoQuinones Mar 22, 2018

Sick, twisted, dark, story driven and atmospheric. Brad Pitt broke his hand during filming and they wrote it into the plot.

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reginator_22
Jan 24, 2018

Outstanding movie. Edge of your seat thriller!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 28, 2017

A newbie and an old dog must find a killer, targeting people in each of the 7 sins categories, leading to a tragic ending. This 1998 thriller had a clever way to complete the mission but not without a cliche ending. I liked the cast, and I am familiar with the director, the story was dark and the screenplay wasn't boring so I found the film thoroughly enjoyable.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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JihadiConservative
Nov 20, 2016

Mindblowing incredible! This is the best thriller I have ever seen BY FAR.

Every scene is pure perfection, all the while building extreme throttle suspense up until the massive twist ending. Fincher's best film and probably always will be. The story is absolutely brilliant as is the acting incredible. The soundtrack is thoroughly creepy written by Jon Howard (Lord of the Rings). Fantastic all around!

Brad Pit, in one of his best performances, plays a rookie detective, David Mills, teamed with veteran and soon-to-be-retiring Detective William Somerset, played by Morgan Freeman in one of the best roles of his unequaled career. They are investigating a series of ghastly homicides in an American urban center that seems a helluva lot like Chicago. The veteran detective has seen almost everything an urban cop can endure during an average career before the beginning of the story. However, as events transpire, they reveal things even he, after decades on the force, hasn't experienced. The rookie has no idea what's in store for him, and by movie's end he will have sustained the most horrific experience of a police detective coming-of-age ever shot on film. We get the sense all rookie detectives go through a kind of "baptism of fire" but nothing which would prepare a newbie to the force something as simultaneously horrific and devastating as that presented in "Seven".

Unlike the usual street crime, these murders have a disturbing combination of dreadful horror coupled with high literary intelligence. The killer incorporates religious and literary symbolism into his acts of unspeakable violence and murder. Each act and victim reference a different "Deadly Sin". The killer may be mad but he is an highly intelligent madman, who could probably quote Dante while loading a Magnum 44. The well-known actor who plays the killer/religious fanatic who reveals himself toward the end is perfect casting.

Hollywood rarely produces films with such a combination of horror and high intelligence. The closest comparable film is "Silence of the Lambs" whose character Hannibal Lecter is strikingly similar to the fiend in this film, although their motivations are entirely different. Both of these characters, the killer of "Seven" and Hannibal Lecter, are homicidal sociopaths of uncommon literary knowledge, which communicate disturbing overtones of higher purpose. They are the type who would probably view the act of crucifixion as an artistic statement.

This is an incredible film both in its dreadfulness and its cerebral content, but definitely not for the feint of heart or the squeamish. As for myself, this is probably the limit in terms of the disturbing meter--worse than this would be out of bounds. Despite the gruesome subject matter, this film has enough compelling elements, from the literary references to the relationship between Pitt and Freeman, that it does work as a masterpiece of the serial killer genre. And the ending is one of the most compelling and original conclusions I have ever witnessed in this type of film, but don't expect the main characters to be celebrating with beers at the end. There are very subtle hints during the film which point to how the movie's ending will unfold, but like most movie-goers during my initial viewing, the ending erupts like a dragon flying straight out of Hell.

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StarLord21
Feb 10, 2016

A disturbingly good movie. Great acting by the whole cast.

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miles_raymond
Nov 13, 2015

Excellent movie with Brad Pitt and Morgan freeman. But I think the best acting was from Kevin Spacey, the murderer. He was so calm...

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JackPurcell
Oct 01, 2015

A fairly watchable movie though a bit on the dark side.

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booksmile
Sep 15, 2015

Disgusting and disturbing! I couldn't make it through all of it...bleargh.
Gross body horror, a dreary setting, and a dark, dark story.

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VRMurphy
Nov 17, 2014

This film has held up well since its initial release. Doesn't seem dated, performances are overall quite good.

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jimg2000
Jun 05, 2018

Thanks to the contributors, extensive quotes in IMDb including all of John Doe's and most of my personal keepers:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114369/quotes/?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu

This however is not in IMDb but no more about library cards these days but Face Book or Google search history and email trails:

For years, the FBI's been hooked into the library system, keeping records.
- Assessing fines?
No, monitoring reading habits. Look. Certain books are flagged. Books on, say, nuclear weapons... "Mein Kampf". Anyone who checks out a flagged book has his library records fed to the FBI.
-Wait. How is this legal?
Legal. Illegal. These terms don't apply. You can't use the information directly. It's just a useful guide. It might sound silly, but you can't get a library card without an ID... and a current phone bill. See?

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reginator_22
Jan 24, 2018

William Somerset: Ernest Hemingway once wrote, "The world is a fine place and worth fighting for." I agree with the second part.

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