SE7EN

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
JULY 5, 2013

Sufficiently dark and poignantly creepy, David Fincher’s “Se7en” develops a string of murders surrounding the seven deadly sins. Starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Spacey, the film feels high caliber, producing the Freeman we’ve become accustomed to in this crime-thriller, detective roles. Fincher even proves he can deliver an engaging performance from young Brad Pitt, whose star was rising in this genre’s depth. The cinematography is haunting, with perfect lighting and set design not only to immerse you into the hellish world but to help make the imagery in “Se7en” iconic.

With one of the darkest, memorable, and best twist endings ever to a film, Fincher continues to prove his skilled hand at creating sinister surroundings and multi-layered characters whose flaws and short-comings are often reflected by his villains. Never taking the easy way out and leaving the killer’s identity a mystery throughout most of the run-time helps keep the film from being predictable or cheesy and becomes an actual search instead of a game of wits. Only his second feature, Fincher proves he has a long and prosperous future ahead of him and hones in on his genre of thriller, matching that of both his first feature, “Alien3” and his future features, like “The Game” and “Fight Club.”

RELEASE DATE
September 22, 1995

DIRECTOR
David Fincher

WRITTEN BY
Andrew Kevin Walker

STUDIO
New Line Cinema

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

CRIME
DRAMA

MYSTERY
THRILLER

127 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Darius Khondji

COMPOSER
Howard Shore

EDITOR
Richard Francis-Bruce

CAST
Brad Pitt
Morgan Freeman
Gwyneth Paltrow
Kevin Spacey
R. Lee Ermey
John C. McGinley

PRODUCED BY
Arnold Kopelson
Phyllis Carlyle

BUDGET
$33 million

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