Recent Purchases: Episode 5

Hey there, my friends! How are you doing? Today it is time again for the “series” nobody asked for! That’s right! RECENT PURCHASES! Ya know, the “series” where I tell you what kind of stuff (not edible/drinkable). So shall we get started? You bet your ass we are about to get started! Let’s go!

DVD’s: I, Robot (2004)
Catch me if You Can (2002)
Spirited Away (2001)
Godzilla (2014)
Jack Reacher (2012)
Prometheus (2012)
Fight Club (1999)

Aaaaaand that was it for this installment of Recent Purchases. I doubt you enjoyed reading this, but I could always hope! Hope you’ll return to this blog for more bullshit like this! And if you feel generous then maybe you can leave a like and follow me.

See ya!

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Movie Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

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Remakes are something I always have a bad feeling about. I am cautiously optimistic if trailers look good, even though the entire thing can go to shit. A lot of remakes actually do go to shit… like Tim Burton’s “Planet of the Apes” remake. There are a few remakes that I like though, such as “Godzilla” (2014) and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”. And if you’re wondering about my thoughts on the “RoboCop” remake then I can tell you that it wasn’t bad… just a little boring. Anyway, today we are taking a look at a remake I was not positive about since it is based on source material coming from my home country, Sweden. I was also afraid that they could never get as good as the original Swedish movies. I was not optimistic about it at all… until I a few years later saw that it was directed by David Fincher (“Fight Club”, “Se7en”) who is a director I really like. Then I got a little hope. And now we are talking about it on my blog… oh yes.

Girls and boys… “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”.

I can’t compare story on this and the original movie because it is basically the same story, so I know it will be good. Here is the basic story: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) got some legal problems. So then after those problems have erupted and taken to court he is for some reason hired by rich person Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) to find out what happened to his niece Harriett a long time ago. But Mikael doesn’t have to go through it alone since he gets help from mysterious hacker Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara). And dark, twisted, weird and interesting things happens after that. The idea of the story is one that I really find interesting because it shows the worst in human beings and what can drive people to do certain things. And how is the execution here? It is honestly pretty fucking good. I was really worried how Hollywood could take a Swedish story that got Swedish characters and is set in Sweden and make it at least decent. But Fincher once again proves that he knows what he is doing with his directing skills. The exectuion here didn’t feel sloppy or forced in any way, it just (surprisingly) worked. There were a few details that were changed, but nothing too major. So the execution was overall good.

The characters stay true to how they were in the books and original movies. They all have their little issues that make them unique and they are portrayed well here. I was especially impressed with how great Rooney Mara was as Lisbeth. Sure she is no Noomi Rapace, but she definitely gets the job done. The only problem character/acting based in this movie was how some people had stupid accents while some sounded like they should. Case in point: Daniel Cragi sounds like Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara got a weird accent going. It is nothing really game-breaking in this movie, but it just sounds a little weird.

The soundtrack by Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor was dark, chilling, depressing and overall fantastic. It really helped set the mood of the movie (dark, creepy, tense, depressing, cold, isolated). And when it comes to the music I have to touch on the brilliant selection of song for the opening credits. Especially since David Fincher movies usually have opening credits with good/fitting songs. And in this case the song is a very dark and weird cover of “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin. I really think it worked to the movie’s advantage and really helped set the mood for it early.

Back on the topic of the opening credits, the song is great, the visuals are trippy and awesome and the opening credits are in general great. But I shouldn’t expect anything less from a David Fincher movie. And with that said, the camera work in this movie is fan-fucking-tastic! David Fincher is pretty much the king of making good looking movies with a dark and dirty tone. Also, fun fact: This movie was actually shot in Sweden just so they could get everything right. Good job, people!

Now ow did this movie do among people and critics? Well it actually did pretty good. On Rotten Tomaotes it got an 86% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a 71/100. Roger Ebert really seemed to like it since he gave it 3,5/4 stars (his score for the original movie was 4/4 stars if you’re wondering). On imdb.com this movie has a 7,9/10. It also won 1 Oscar for Best Film Editing. But it also had an additional 4 nominations; Best Leading actress, Best cinematography, Best sound mixing, Best sound editing.

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is a remake that actually works and doesn’t buthcer the source material. It also got great performances, a good soundtrack and is directed with extreme care. Time for the final score. My final score for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is a 9,01/10. I really feel like this movie could have been better so it doesn’t get the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”, but it is definitely worth buying.

Review of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is now done.

I was seriously ready to hate on this movie.

Movie Review: Gladiator (2000)

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History is something that has always interested me. I don’t know why shit that happened a long time ago is so interesting to me… it just kinda is. And that means historical movies should interest me more than anything, right? Well that might be true in some cases. But then there are shit historical movies as well. The movie we are taking a look at now is sort of a historical movie. It isn’t really a historical movie in the sense of it following a real historical figure, but rather is set in a time period which is now considered history.

Boys and girls… “Gladiator”.

This movie follows Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe). He is a great general who have won many battles. Why is that important? Because it is part of his character and because it plays into the story. After one battle he is betrayed by Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), the emperor’s corrupt son. He got Maximus’ son and wife killed and got Maximus imprisoned. After a little while he gets bought by a guy and is turned into a gladiator in the great arena together with a bunch of other guys, including a black man named Juba (Djimon Hounsou). And through the movie we get to see how he goes from low ranking gladiator to what I like to refer to as “Mr. Big Cheese”. And seeing this story/journey unfold throughout the movie is pretty fucking awesome. Not only does it show the battles Maximus goes through to get higher rank, but it also shows the political intrigues brewing beneath it all… and that is to me very interesting. So yeah, the story in both idea and execution was excellent.

The characters all have different personalities and those personalities are easy to see and they are very well-written. I don’t really have too much more to say there otehr than the fact that I was very interested in the character of Maximus Decimus Meridius. I am not saying I can relate to the guy, but I am saying I really found him interesting and intriguing. Also, all characters in this movie are incredibly well-acted. The actors do a tremendous job filling the shoes (or sandals in this case) of these characters.

The music really did help sell the time period. Not only because it really had the ambience that would be needed to sell it, but also because it had some pretty epic tracks. And while I can’t list them on the top of my head I can at least say that I loved it.

Ridley Scott, you are a magnificent magnificent filmmaker! This movie looks amazing! The camera work is fantastic in both just regular scenes and action scenes. Sure, there is a little bit of shaky-cam during the action scenes but not enough that it bothered me. Ridley Scott made a very good looking movie. Also, the kid who plays a (sort of) key part in the story was not too bad either. You probably think I should have mentioned that in the “Characters/Actors” segment, but I didn’t because I felt it fit better here on “General Stuff”.

Time to see how the movie did among the movie sites and critics! On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 76% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it got the average 64/100. Roger Ebert didn’t seem to like this movie too much since he gave it 2/4 stars saying:

“It employs depression as a substitute for personality, and believes that if characters are bitter and morose enough, we won’t notice how dull they are.”

On imdb.com this movie has a score of 8,5/10 and is ranked #47 on the “Top 250” list. This movie also won 5 Oscars (Best picture, Best Leading Actor, Best Costume Design, Best sound, Best Visual Effects). It was also nominated for an additional 7 Oscars (Best supporting actor, best director, Best screenplay directly for screen, Best cinematography, Best film editing, Best original score, Best set decoration).

I have given my thoughts about a few things on “Gladiator”. This movie has an interesting story, great acting, fantastic music, great action scenes, interesting characters and one of the best endings in movie history. Time for the final score. My final score for “Gladiator” is a 9,62/10 which grants it the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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“Gladiator” is finally reviewed.

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Movie Review: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

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Action movies is something I think most people can agree that they like. Sure, everyone will not like every action movie but they will like something at least. Like me, I am not a fan of a whole bunch of action films (such as “Conan the Barbarian” and “Last Action Hero”, both ironically starring Arnold). I like action movies that have a little bit of mind (“Terminator 2”, “The Matrix”, etc.). Sure, I like a few dumb ones as well, but I don’t want them to be too dumb. And then I heard about this one franchise starring Tom Cruise called “Mission: Impossible” a gew years back. And to be honest, I never watched the first three movie… but we’re reviewing the 4th one anyway!

Men and women… “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”.

This movie is as far as I get it following the events of the third movie. IMF Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is in jail in Moscow. After he escapes said jail with the help from Agents Jane Carter (Paula Patton) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) they do a job trying to get some files on where a certain man called “Cobalt” (Michael Nyqvist) is. But after Hunt leaves the building (The Kremlin to be exact) it gets blown to pieces. And the russians put the blame on IMF. So a thing called “Ghost Protocol” (Roll credits) gets initiated and basically disbands IMF. So now Ethan and his friends have to stop Cobalt without any help at all. Oh wait, they get some help. And that help comes in the form in analyst William Brandt (Jeremy Renner). But as far as extra toys and guns from the organization… fuck that. I know my explanation of the story was pretty bad… but the story in general was overall very interesting. I was intrigued by it and it never felt dull or boring at all. The only parts of the story where I have to give a little less of a score is because of my sheer stupidity to watch this before all the other movies. Yes, I felt a little lost with a few details, but they were pretty minor. Overall, good story.

I have to say that I really enjoyed the characters in this movie. They were well-written and well-acted. Sure, these were not really Oscar contenders, but they were definitely getting the job done. I also like the chemistry between our main group of people (Cruise, Renner, Patton, Pegg). They had really good chemistry and it was really fun hearing them banter every now and then. My favorite character was honestly Brandt (Renner). He was this guy who was insecure about all the gadgets and the job they were doing. He was really fun… yet deep. I was also happily surprised with how good Michael Nyqvist did the role of the bad guy in the movie. I really enjoyed him. Good job Nyqvist!

The music was really exciting and really worked to sell both the action and locations of this movie. It was really great to listen to. Also… I love the Mission: Impossible theme. It really kicks ass.

The camera work in this movie is stunning. Brad Bird really knew what he was doing behind that camera. It was done in a way where the landscape shots became really beautiful! But the main thing about the camera work that I loved more than anything was that we actually got to see the action happening and not just get some bullshit shaky-cam! THANK YOU, BRAD BIRD!

The reception this movie got was good. This is the highest ranked Mission: Impossilbe movie on all major movie sites. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 93% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 73/100. Roger Ebert gave this movie 3,5/4 stars and saying the film

“is a terrific thriller with action sequences that function as a kind of action poetry”

The movie has a 7,4/10 on imdb.com.

“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” is a fun, thrilling action movie with solid perfromances and good writing. Final score coming up. My final score for “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is an 8,89/10. While it isn’t really worth the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”, it is definitely worth picking up.

“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” review is now completed.

This movie should be featured in the sci-fi category with all these futuristic gadgets…

Movie Review: A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

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It is no secret that I love westerns. It is a thing I have stated more than a few times on this blog (and in real life for that matter). I don’t know why, I jsut get sucked into these worlds that get painted before me. If you count movie genres as a whole, I think western is my favorite overall genre. They jsut appeal to me… except for “The Lone Ranger” (2013), fuck that movie. But today we are not talking about that one! Today we are talking about one of the most classic westerns of all time. To be exact, this is the one that truly created the phrase “Spaghett Western”.

Ladies and gentlemen… “A Fistful of Dollars”!

This movie follows the traveling gunfighter Joe (Clint Eastwood). One day during one of his travels he arrives at a little (I would assume) Mexican town. He befriends a few people there but also during the course of the movie finds himself into some troubles (like every otehr fucking western). What really can be described is what you read on imdb.com, which says: “A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.” I honestly could not put it in better words. That is really the only good way to say it. But enough on the execution of the explanation and let’s go to the execution of the story which I honestly think is fantastic! It is done in such a way that keeps it fresh and perfectly paced. It never feels dull or slow or anything. This movie’s story works perfectly!

The characters all have personalities that work in such a way that they never get boring, but also never get cartoon-y. But really, you’re not looking at all the characters in a western… you’re just looking at the main character… at least if it’s Clint Fucking Eastwood. He is such a badass in this movie! But the thing is that he doesn’t only kick ass and be all immortal and shit. He gets his ass handed to him in this movie and I kinda like that because that shows he is still human… and I like when characters are human. So yeah, the characters in this movie are in general enjoyable and well-acted. Especially Eastwood.

The music is some of the best I have heard in any movie ever. Ennio Morricone knows how to sell the feel of the location and genre of the movie. And not only is the music great, but it is also original for the time. He did a thing where he mixed the classic western music style with rock music and made a beautiful and magnificent baby. So this music is fantastic!

Something I always have to touch on with Westerns are the gunfights. And in this movie they are excellent. They are fast paced, action-packed and just in general really fun to look at. Sure, they are not always as fun as the ones in “Tombstone” but they are still really great!

Fun fact about the movie: It is kind of a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s classic movie “Yojimbo”. And that’s really all I can say about this moviein the “General Stuff” department, sorry.

This movie was incredibly well-recieved when it came out and still hold high scores among people and critics. On Rotten Tomatoes it holds a 98% positive rating and of course also has a “Fresh” certification. This movie strangely enough doesn’t have a score on Metacritic. And Roger Ebert doesn’t have a review for it either. However, at least imdb.com has a score for it. On imdb this movie has an 8,1/10 and is ranked #229 on the “Top 250” list.

I have praised this movie. And I have read up a few things about it. So now I am willing to hand out my score. My final score for “A Fistful of Dollars” is a 9,64/10 which means it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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“A Fistful of Dollars” is now reviewed.

Clint Eastwood is one of the biggest badasses in movie history, and this movie was the first to prove it!

 

Movie Review: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

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We all love Marvel, that is a fact. Sure, everyone got different favorites, but we all love Marvel in general. You can (for the most part) never fault them for making something horrendous that no one will like. And I also think we can all agree there has never been a proper Hulk movie. I mean, how do you make a movie about a green raging goliath but keep it interesting? Well the movies from the 70’s and 80’s are not really what we are looking for at least. And the Ang Lee directed movie from 2003 was just kinda boring (Even though the comic book based on it was amazing). But that movie did not do too well with critic and stuff, so of course people thought something in the vein of “Making a good Hulk movie is impossible… we will never get one”. Then five years later comes a new Hulk movie that gets people thinking “Hmm… maybe there’s hope after all!”. And that movie is the one we’re talking about today!

Hulks and She-Hulks… “The Incredible Hulk”!

Anyone who knows about the backstories of the biggest Marvel characters of course know the story of the Hulk. Scientist Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) tries some weird experiment on himself to find a cure for gamma radiation but it goes a bit wrong and he gets a power which turns him into a giant green rage monster whenever he gets angry (Or as this movie makes it seem; When his pulse goes over 200). He also has a loved one named Betty (Liv Tyler). So after Betty’s father the General (William Hurt) finds out about Banner and his powers, Banner runs off. And that is basically what we get from the backstory that is featured in the opening credits of this movie. But the actual movie is set after that. Bruce is in hiding in Brazil where he works at a soda factory. One day the U.S. soldiers who have been looking for him for a few years finds him, led by Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), Bruce has to escape back to the U.S. to find help and a potential cure for his Hulk powers. And that is basically the main story(ish). And while it may not sound interesting coming from me, it is actually very well done with a few twists and a good execution. I especially like how they went with the thing of Bruce learning to kind of control his anger and heart rate with the help of meditation and breathing exercises, it gives a lot more depth to the character. I also like the whole sort of “On the run, hiding from the army who wants to weaponize my ultra dangerous powers” story. I don’t know why, but it makes the whole thing moe interesting to me. And I gotta admit, there was a part of the story which I will not spoil that I was not particularly interested in. I am just gonna say it involves one of the characters who’s name is on the poster. And no, it is not Bruce.

The characters were okay I guess. They were not bad, they just didn’t interest me that much. Sure, Bruce Banner is one of the most complex characters ever and I did enjoy him in the movie… with a little help from him being played by Edward Norton. But I didn’t feel too invested in the other characters. Sure, Emil Blonsky was pretty cool, but that was mainly because he got a fair amount of screen time and I like Tim Roth as an actor. Overall… the characters were okay.

The music… epic orchestral pieces. For the battle and chase parts, indeed. But then we had some strangely suspenseful tracks for when Bruce was trying to stay hidden and run away from the soldiers who were chasing him. So yeah, I really liked the music.

I have to admit, the camera work in this movie was pretty damn good. There were a few cool landscape shots that looked really good and the rest of the camera work was pretty good. I also have to point out that the CGI wasn’t too shabby either! There isn’t too much more to say either than there are no less than THREE cameos in this movie that were pretty cool to have. Sure, one of them was the obvious Stan Lee cameo that every Marvel movie has, but there are two more that were really cool and pretty surprising. I’ll give you a clure to one of them… the original Hulk. The other one you will see for yourselves why it is so cool.

Time for the more than average reception for “The Incredible Hulk”. On Rotten Tomatoes we have a 67% score. On Metacritic we have a score of 61/100. Roger Ebert gave this movie 2,5/4 stars. On imdb.com this movie has a score of 6,9/10.

I would honestly like to say that this movie is the optimal Hulk solo movie. I am not kidding about that, the chance of making a Hulk solo movie that is better than this is incredibly slim. So now… time for the final score! My final score for “The Incredible Hulk” is an 8,72/10 and a recommendation to buy this movie. While it is not perfect and could definitely be better it is still a movie with a good story, good performances, good special effects and Edward fucking Norton!

“The Incredible Hulk” is now reviewed.

I honestly think that Edward Norton is the best Bruce Banner ever. Sure, I really liked Mark Ruffalo in “The Avengers” as well, but I think Norton fit a little better for the character.

Movie Review: End of Watch (2012)

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Cops are an important part of our society. Sure, a lot of them are corrupted and take bribes and some have shot innocent people (mostly black people for whatever reason) without reason, in turn killing them. But there are a few cops out there who actually do their fucking job properly. There are also a lot of movies about cops out there… most of them portraying cops as these badasses who can’t be beaten. It is incredibly rare to find a cop movie with some kind of realistic portrayal of the officers out there. But back in 2012 there came a movie that people claimed was a realistic portrayal of some officers. Well we will see about that in my review of said movie!

Sirs and ma’ams… “End of Watch”.

This movie is done in a sort of documenary(ish) way and follows police officers Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Peña). Like I said, they are two police officers and this movie follows their everyday job as officers. You know, patrolling the streets, investigating things and doing some paperwork. But this movie is more about the friendship between the two men and how they as officers often have to deal with tough situations on a day-to-day basis. They even get involved in a little trouble with a certain Mexican-American gang. And what realle sells this movie to me is the realism of the situations and how they are handled. As you may have guessed, I was very interested in the story of this movie. I thought it was well-written, realistic but most importantly; interesting. I really enjoyed watching these two go through their lives and how they would make it through these situations. The story… fucking A-grade writing here!

The characters in this movie didn’t really feel like characters at all to me. They honestly felt like real people, not just actors doing another role even though I was aware that they are actors playing a fictional character. They were not only portrayed so fantastically and realistically, but they were also superbly written! Just listening to the dialogue in this movie was great even though nothing really happened other than people talking. I also gotta give major praise to Gyllenhaal and Peña because not only were their performances fantastic in this movie, but their chemistry was fantastic as well! They really felt like they were real friends and not just two actors sharing time on screen. The dialogue sessions between these two were honestly some of the best scenes in movie history (in my opinion). They were well-written, well-acted, hilarious and even a little bit deep. So yeah, the characters in this movie… realistically portrayed and very well-written.

The music was fantastic in this movie. There weren’t really any new tracks for it, only licensed tracks… but I didn’t mind. The soundtrack really fit the feel that South Central Los Angeles gave away. They were also very fun to listen to because of how nice you could join in on the groove of them. The tracks also worked fantastically with the different situations they and the characters took part in. Also, I am all for Latino pop/rap music (which there was a good amount of in this movie).

Fun fact about his movie: The actors got to come along with real cops to get the feel of how they work while they were preparing for this movie. They rode with them on different jobs to get the feel of it. They also took part in five months of intensive training for their roles. Now wasn’t that interesting? Also, this is one of the few films that have honestly made me cry. It is not easy to make me cry with the help of a movie. And I don’t mean in the “shed a tear” kind of way, but properly cry. Not gonna spoil what happened, but I seriously cried like a little kid… good job movie.

“End of Watch” is one of those movies that got good reception all across the board (except for those assholes who hate everything that is considered good). On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 85% score with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a 68/100. Roger Ebert really liked it, giving it 4/4 stars and said:

“one of the best police movies in recent years, a virtuoso fusion of performances and often startling action” 

On imdb.com this movie has a score of 7,7/10.

With some great performances, well-written story, well-written dialogue, great music, great action and some of the best on-screen chemistry I have ever seen in a movie (Gyllenhaal and Peña), this movie is one I really liked. Time for the final score. My final score for “End of Watch” is a 9,81/10 which grants it the “SEAL OF APPRVOAL!”
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“End of Watch” is now reviewed.

Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they co… sorry.

Recent Purchases: Episode 4

Hello everyone! Time again for anotehr episode of my totally unnecessary series: Recent purchases! You know, the series where I tell you what I recently purchased (duh)! So let’s not waste any more time and get to it!

DVD: Django Unchained (2012)
End of Watch (2012)
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)
Breaking Bad – Season 2 (2009)
Sons of Anarchy – Season 6 (2013)
Supernatural – Season 1 (2005)
Jurassic Park Trilogy (1993, 1997, 2001)

Well, that is it for this time. If you enjoyed reading this (Doubt it) then you can like this post and maybe even follow me for more of these things. See ya another time!

Movie Review: Se7en (1995)

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Okay, how many here love murder mystery movies? Raise your hands! Come on now, don’t be shy! There we go, I see a few hands now! Anyway, as you may have guessed, I love myself a good murder mystery. Not always the “Whodunnit?” kinda way, but a mystery involving murder… especially a suspenseful one. Okay, not only murder mysteries, but thrillers in general. A good example of a great thriller is 2013’s “Prisoners”. So yeah… I love myself a good crime-thriller. They make you get a warm beverage, snuggle up in a cover/blanket/thing and just have a good time with it. Well, today we are talking about one such movie… a movie that was a bit of a box office success. And it is directed by one of my favorite directors.

Detectives and criminals… “Se7en” (Se-Seven-en).

The story of “Se7en” is set in a dark, depressing New York-y city and follows homicide detectives William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) and David Mills (Brad Pitt). Somerset is this veteran cop who is gonna retire soon and Mills is this sort of rookie guy. One day they get to a crime scene… but not jsut any old crime scene, oh no. Here they find an overly obese man tied up (and dead). And this murder leads to similar(ish) murders that are about as brutal, disgusting and horrible as this one, all having one thing in common… they all revolve around the seven deadly sins (Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Pride, Wrath, Envy, Sloth). And they find out a lot more, equally disturbing things. And based on those facts, this movie got one of the most intriguing stories in any movie ever. While some call the story “cliché”, I call it interesting and well done. I also want to add that the elements of the murders based around the seven deadly sins are both creepy and a little disturbing. So yeah, this movie was very interesting.

The characters are incredibly well-written and well-acted. They are portrayed in a realistic way. And like I said, the actors do an amazing job in this movie. There is especially one performance (not gonna mention which) that both made me go “That is how you act!” and “This is a little disturbing”… and I loved that. I am going to admit that one of the actors (again, not mentioning which) who in one scene drops a little bit in the acting quality. Not saying it becomes horrible, just not as good as the rest of the movie.

The music… holy fucking shit, the music! There are some orchestral tracks for the more dramatic and action-y bits. And sometimes the music can be cold, creepy and just make me feel generally creeped out. I honestly never knew Howard Shore (Most known for the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” movies) could write such a cold score. And like I said, there are a few fairly bombastic bits every now and then… but nothing too “epic”.

Once again, David Fincher directed an incredibly good looking movie. The visuals and camera angles in this movie are fantastic! Sure, he is no stranger to that kind of stuff, but here he really shows what he is made of! Also, this is one of the few movies that properly disturb me in a fashion that doesn’t actually involve any gross-out methods… and that is not easy with me. Also, this movie is unforgiving in the way how it doesn’t care, it just does it’s thing. Also, this movie went by pretty fast, it didn’t feel like two hours at all. In other words, it was very well-paced and never got boring.

Reception for “Se7en” was overall good. This was a commercial success after all. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 79% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a 65/100 score. Roger Ebert orginally gave this movie 3,5/4 stars but it has been updated to 4/4 stars and is on his “Great Movies” list. On imdb.com this movie has a score of 8,7/10 and is ranked #22 on the “Top 250” list. “Se7en” was also nominated for an Oscar, and that was for Best Film Editing.

“Se7en” is a dark, creepy, disturbing, great, suspenseful and very well-acted crime thriller. And now I am ready to hand out my final score if I can find the god damn thing! Ah, there it is! My final score for “Se7en” is a 9,74/10 which grants it the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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“Se7en” is now reviewed.

Se-Seven-en…