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Title: Se7en
Directed by:
David Fincher
Written by:
Andrew Kevin Walker
Year: 1995

I really like films or books with strong themes borrowed from exterior sources, literary or otherwise, so it should come as no surprise that I’m interested in a film focusing on a man being inspired by the seven deadly sins to find exquisite ways to kill his victims. Because of this structure, the opening half of the story is quite predictable, with detective Somerset (Morgan Freeman) about to retire, and his replacement Mills (Brad Pitt) investigating one crime scene after another. The murderer’s modus operandi indicates a twisted genius, so the real question is of course not what is going to happen, but how..

This film is pretty good, but for once, I’ll start this part of the review with what I don’t like: the beginning is too long and even though the ending is good, it doesn’t quite compensate for a slow start. The theme and the creativity involved in the first few murder cases are interesting enough to keep my interest about halfway through this section of the movie, but after that, when I know what to expect from each scene, Se7en is simply an average detective movie (a genre I don’t fancy). Sure, the directing and acting is good, but the overall impression here is still average, far from brilliant.

This changes towards the end, though. It is only natural to speculate how the film will end, because the viewer knows which deadly sins are still left to play with and what the circumstances are like. Still, I didn’t manage to figure it out ahead of time and the ending is really quite good.

Conclusively, this is a film which has everything, but still manages to slow down too much in the middle to be truly great. The four snails I have decided to give it are a credit to the directing, story and acting, but Se7en still contains too much averageness to go beyond this.

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  1. Xhakhal’s avatar

    I think I would have given it four… uh… snails… pencils… whatever… too, for about the same reasons, but I found the beginning more interesting than the ending, although I too thought it was a bit too long.
    The reason for this is a song you’ve heard before: In the beginning, it isn’t obvious how the movie will continue or end although one can make a pretty accurate guess, but halfway through it becomes more predictable. I watched the ending unsurprised and shrugged, and even though I really liked the ending, I like it more when I can’t figure out what’s going to happen.
    Of course, it had been spoiled to me in a way. The only person who had said anything said ‘you will be surprised at the ending’ (and it might have said something along those lines on the backside of the VHS-box), which meant that I knew what would surprise this person… so it was easy to figure out, and when it comes to movies like these, spoilers actually make them less fun :(
    It is, though, a movie I like a lot.


  2. Olle Linge’s avatar

    Yeah, as I said, the beginning and the ending are both pretty good, it’s the middle part I think is too long and predictable.

    speaking of hints, it funny that most people don’t seem to realise what a hint is. My father likes all kinds of guessing games and we have talked about this a lot. For instance, when playing trivial pursuit, some people don’t understand that “I didn’t know that” is a really, really big clue sometimes (or perhaps, “I knew that!” is even more helpful).

    Similarly, when watching movies and reading books, some people don’t understand that “I won’t spoil it for you, but I promise you will be surprised by the ending” might spoil the ending simply because they said that.