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!”.
“Se7en” is now reviewed.