Seven movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Seven, also known and stylised as Se7en, is a grim, dark and shocking thriller that will impress audiences with a thrilling criminal mystery with an astonishing finale. David Fincher directs this brilliantly-casted film that will leave you cold-blooded.


Two detectives, Mills and Somerset, hunt for a serial killer whose motivations for his crimes are based on the seven deadly sins.

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Movie details

Director: David Fincher
Cast: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Gwyneth Paltrow
Writer: Andrew Kevin Walker
Release Date (Australia): 2 November 1995
Runtime: 127 minutes/2h 7m
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (R18+)

The film contains scenes depicting the aftermaths of torture and murder, including a prostitute who has been killed as a result of a rape with a strap-on blade, a man who has eaten until his stomach has burst, and a man who has sustained sores and injuries as a result of being strapped to a bed for a year. The film contains thematic content including frequent references to murder, acts of violence and self-mutilation.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains references to acts of violence, depictions of crime scenes in which people are depicted mutilated and lying in a pool of blood, as well as a scene in which a character shoots another character in the head with an accompanying blood spray.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains occasionally aggressive use of the word “f**k”, as well as use of the words “s**t”, “ass”, “d**k”, “hell” and “damn”.

Drug Use (PG)

The film contains mild verbal references to drugs and drug dealing.

Nudity (MA15+)

The film contains a scene of brief full frontal male nudity, in which a dead obese man is depicted nude on an autopsy table.

Sex (M)

The film contains references to prostitution and acts of sexual violence, including use of the word “f**k” in a sexual context.

mpaa rating

R (for grisly afterviews of horrific and bizarre killings, and for strong language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

David Fincher’s Seven (also stylised as Se7en) is an exceptionally grim and disturbing detectives-hunt-down-serial-killer film with strong performances, shocking crime scenes, a bleak atmosphere, and one of the greatest finales of cinema history. This is a dark, clever and nail-biting psychological crime-thriller that’ll leave you on the edge of you seat from beginning to end, and it’s definitely ranked as one of the best serial killer movies of all time.

Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman play two detectives who work together to track down a serial killer whose motivations for his crimes are based on the seven deadly sins (gluttony, greed, sloth, envy, wrath, pride and lust). Seven is a masterful thriller that makes profound use of its perfect script and presents an extremely intelligent execution. In terms of cinematography and the atmosphere, the film takes place in a cold, rainy and undetermined city riddled with violent crime. Every shot is immaculate, bleak and further clarifies that we’re stepping through a place that nobody wants to call home.

It’s also a significant factor in the film that the bizarre crimes are never shown being performed by this sadistic serial killer, and we follow behind the two protagonists as they investigate the crime scenes under dark lighting and with a haunting background score. David Fincher’s film defines as proof that the implications of violence and torture can be as gritty and disturbing off-screen rather than on-screen. These scenes also give massive opportunities to the set designers and make-up artists, departments who each put in the effort and avoid leaving out any single details.

In terms of where the film could use improvement for where certain segments become a bit draggy or continuous, the retirement of Morgan Freeman’s character plays quite a big role in the themes mainly during the first act. But this doesn’t include all the down-time moments where the characters discuss their own lives and personal problems. Speaking of characters, the performances are out of this world. Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman share a brilliant detective chemistry together, Kevin Spacey is phenomenal in his fairly small role of the chilling antagonist, but Gwyneth Paltrow is also fantastic in her hearty supporting role. Overall, Seven is a very grim and bleak movie, one of the best of all time that you should definitely see.

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