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Se7en - Film Review

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by Juran Hakim (subscribe)
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Published December 13th 2014
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Directed by David Fincher, also known for directing such films as Fight Club (1999) and The Social Network (2010); an insight into Fincher's pedigree - a film written masterfully by Andrew Kevin Walker, starring the indisputable talents of Morgan Freeman & Brad Pitt.

This mystery thriller tells the story of two detectives who form an unlikely partnership in the wake of a serial killer who operates under auspicious grandeur and daring similar to that of biblical proportions.

Detective Mills (Brad Pitt), a rookie in a field of where you either sink or you swim, alongside detective Somerset, a veteran whose eyes have seen plenty, take on a case where the victims are lined in order of their sin.

Gluttony, greed, sloth, envy, pride, wrath & lust; the seven deadly sins are all laid bare in systematic order, deliverance and cunning.

John Doe (played marvellously by Kevin Spacey) has a plan that myst be completed by any and all means necessary. Whether that includes forcing a man to perform intercourse with a prostitute wearing a long, sharp knife attached to a strap-on; or perhaps whether that includes force feeding a man speghetti, bounding his feet and hands together so tightly that it cuts off his blood circulation and he dies with food staines patterned across his face and chest.

This is the filth that Mills and Somerset have to clean up, Fincher gives an excellent attempt at placing you right in the midst of the crime scene, to the point where you can almost smell the rotting flesh.

The continuity of the narrative is sublime, the acting, cinematography and plot is very gripping and unique; creating an atmosphere of true grit and grime, ideal for a film such as Se7en.

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