Starring: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Gwyneth Paltrow
Directed by: David Fincher
Written by: Andrew Kevin Walker
Genre: Crime Drama
Release Date: 1995
A serial killer is disposing of people that he believes have committed the seven deadly sins in very appropriate ways.
I saw this movie in the theaters in the first row. I remembered it being dark, and it was very gross when you are that close to the screen, especially for the gluttony guy. A lot of it was lost on me though since my view was distorted. Also, this was back in the day when there wasn’t stadium seating in movie theaters and the first row was really right in front of the huge screen. I’m not sure what gave me the urge to watch the movie again, but something did so I added it to Netflix and put it at the top of my queue.
I didn’t realize that Kevin Spacey was in the movie. I read about it years later and it never clicked that he was the bad guy. Even with him talking in the car forever at the end, he didn’t make an impression on me. I remember wanting him to shut up before and get to the end of the line with the sins, but that might have been more due to the crick in my neck. I didn’t really pay attention to Kevin Spacey until The Usual Suspects, which came out the same year. When I found out he was in Seven, I couldn’t make the connection of what character he was in the movie. This time, I was much more interested in listening to him babble and rattle the detectives, or at least Brad Pitt’s detective, in the car. I was much more comfortable watching it this time around.
While watching the entire movie again, I kept thinking it was pretty. David Fincher has always been a good director by making things look really pretty, even when they are gross and disgusting. The movie was very dark until the end. Everywhere they went, even when they turned lights on, they had to use their flashlights to see what was going on. Even through all that murk, it still looked clear. Another thought that came to me while rewatching the movie is how much Saw rips off from the movie. I’m wondering if I read that somewhere and that was my desire to see Seven again. Each of the elaborate death scenes were very much like the puzzles in Saw, except I think they were a bit more clever in this movie and makes me sad for the state of horror movies today.