Imagine yourself being transferred to a new department, in a new city. As you try to get things set, adjust to the change, make yourself feel at home in your new apartment, the least you need is a difficult transaction. You can only hope for a smooth welcoming, but this almost never happens. In the case of Detective David Mills in Se7en things went as bad as possible.
Detective David Mills, played by Brad Pitt, is being transferred to a new department in an unspecified city. There he meets his partner, Detective Lt. William Somerset, played by Morgan Freeman. Detective Lt. Somerset, besides being well known for his short-temper, is also on the verge of retirement – hoping that his last case will be an easy one. Despite his wishes, they are both assigned to a very demanding and difficult case. A seemingly sadist serial killer starts picking people off the map, relating each murder, and each victim to one of the seven deadly sins.
Gluttony, greed, sloth, lust, pride, envy and wrath. Every sin goes side by side with an indescribably brutal crime. Often, his victims aren’t worth the sympathy, but watching these people – innocent or not – being cruelly tortured to death doesn’t seem fair. The two detectives are always one step behind, until the moment that the vicious killer decides to include them in his disturbing plan.
Se7en is a horror movie that represents its genre perfectly. Dark and violent, repulsive and provocative, this film certainly leaves a mark. Directed by David Fincher and written by Andrew Kevin Walker, Se7en manages to combine the stereotypes of which we are familiar — with a twist. The film’s structure is solid and clear. The viewer stays focused and interested throughout the story’s rich development.
Every actor incarnates his role magnificently, with Brad Pitt playing the young and ambitious Detective, who is eager to show his abilities and his potential. On the other end, Morgan Freeman, at the end of his career is more sceptical, more intellectual. For him it’s the time to look back and reflect on what he did or didn’t do. These two formulate an interesting duo; they grow a strong relationship that can be interpreted on many different levels.
Se7en is the kind of movie that makes the viewer participate emotionally. The catharsis comes not only through the script but also through the scenery. During the whole chase, the movie is dark, covered in a foggy, rainy and urban background. Interestingly, the resolution comes in a sunny, luminous, desert setting.
Se7en is a film that is worth seeing for the joy of watching a good movie, but also for an educative purpose. It shows that if you have a good and solid idea, there’s no reason why you can’t end up with a masterpiece.