Detective Somerset (Morgan Freeman) is a veteran detective in a city thats name is never revealed. A young rookie, Detective Mills (Brad Pitt), comes to the force ready for a big case. He gets what he wants when the department gives him and Somerset a murder case. The victim is a very large man who is found with empty food containers all around him in a very messy room. He is bound to a chair and appears as if he was being forced to eat when a kick to his torso burst his stomach. While Somerset investigates that, Mills is given another murder case of defense attorney Eli Gould. To Mills’ surprise, the word “greed” is written in Gould’s blood on the floor. When looking behind the refrigerator in the first case, Somerset finds the word “gluttony” written in grease. He then theorizes that the murderer is basing his murders on the seven deadly sins and the killer has five more to go. It is up to Mills and Somerset to track down these mens’ killers before anymore lives are lost.
The reason I was such a big fan of “Se7en” is because of how dark it is. A movie about murders and the seven deadly sins should not be anything but dark. I feel this movie captured that theme perfectly.
Many thrillers are scared to go to the extremes that this movie did. The writer, Andrew Kevin Walker, and the director, David Fincher, had no fear of being too graphic or too disturbing. They perfectly portrayed the horror and gruesomeness of murder.
Walker is used to writing horror themed movies. He wrote “Sleepy Hollow” in 1999, an Oscar winning movie directed by Tim Burton.
Fincher finds his favorite actor to use in the 90s Brad Pitt in this movie. He later brings him back for a lead role in his 1999 film “Fight Club.”
“Seven” is number 23 on IMDb’s top 250 list.