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on September 7, 2016
What does Dante's "Divine Comedy", Christopher Marlowe's "The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus", John Milton's "Paradise Lost", and the film "Seven" have in common? They all reference the "Seven Deadly Sins". The Seven Deadly Sins, also known as the Capital Vices or Cardinal Sins, is a classification of vices propagated by the early Christian Church as being the most objectionable and immoral. They fit within St Augustine's rhetoric in terms of fallen humanity's tendency to sin. The list consists of gluttony, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and wrath. "Seven" incorporates the literary references of the "Seven Deadly Sins" into a compelling but shocking serial killer story.

Brad Pit, in one of his best performances, plays a rookie detective, David Mills, teamed with veteran and soon-to-be-retiring Detective William Somerset, played by Morgan Freeman in one of the best roles of his unequaled career. They are investigating a series of ghastly homicides in an American urban center that seems a helluva lot like Chicago. The veteran detective has seen almost everything an urban cop can endure during an average career before the beginning of the story. However, as events transpire, they reveal things even he, after decades on the force, hasn't experienced. The rookie has no idea what's in store for him, and by movie's end he will have sustained the most horrific experience of a police detective coming-of-age ever shot on film. We get the sense all rookie detectives go through a kind of "baptism of fire" but nothing which would prepare a newbie to the force something as simultaneously horrific and devastating as that presented in "Seven".

Unlike the usual street crime, these murders have a disturbing combination of dreadful horror coupled with high literary intelligence. The killer incorporates religious and literary symbolism into his acts of unspeakable violence and murder. Each act and victim reference a different "Deadly Sin". The killer may be mad but he is an highly intelligent madman, who could probably quote Dante while loading a Magnum 44. The well-known actor who plays the killer/religious fanatic who reveals himself toward the end is perfect casting.

Hollywood rarely produces films with such a combination of horror and high intelligence. The closest comparable film is "Silence of the Lambs" whose character Hannibal Lecter is strikingly similar to the fiend in this film, although their motivations are entirely different. Both of these characters, the killer of "Seven" and Hannibal Lecter, are homicidal sociopaths of uncommon literary knowledge, which communicate disturbing overtones of higher purpose. They are the type who would probably view the act of crucifixion as an artistic statement.

This is an incredible film both in its dreadfulness and its cerebral content, but definitely not for the feint of heart or the squeamish. As for myself, this is probably the limit in terms of the disturbing meter--worse than this would be out of bounds. Despite the gruesome subject matter, this film has enough compelling elements, from the literary references to the relationship between Pitt and Freeman, that it does work as a masterpiece of the serial killer genre. And the ending is one of the most compelling and original conclusions I have ever witnessed in this type of film, but don't expect the main characters to be celebrating with beers at the end. There are very subtle hints during the film which point to how the movie's ending will unfold, but like most movie-goers during my initial viewing, the ending erupts like a dragon flying straight out of Hell.
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on July 17, 2017
I hadn't seen this movie in probably 20 years and decided to rent it the other day. A lot of nineties movies seem pretty dated these days and are a little hard to watch in 2017. This movie really held up and was just as good and disturbing as I recalled it being.
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on April 16, 2017
Brillant work from David Fincher that managed a directorial masterpiece with this 90s thriller that is iconic of the genre now. With a great duet of actors, with young Brad Pitt teaming up with the wise Morgan Freeman, the film gets us in a police investigation with morbid aesthetism that grabs our guts before making our mind explode with an unforeseen and dramatic ending that is horrible to witness but is remembered forever.
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on July 8, 2017
Instead of, "I love it," five stars should mean, "this movie was made well and surprised me at every turn." I did not love it. I almost wish I hadn't seen it, because it's messed up and makes me think too much about what I'm doing/not doing that could potentially get me murdered. Watch it if you're in a mood to be disturbed a bit.
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on March 22, 2017
This is one of my favorite films of all time! One of Morgan Freeman's best movies and my favorite Brad Pitt movie. Their acting is really good. One of David Fincher's best films. And the writing is just ingenious! It deserves to be among the best movies.
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on May 26, 2017
My wife forced me to put 5 stars on it because she has a crush on Brad Pitt. However, it was a great movie. Although I'd have to say Morgan Freeman was better than Brad, but don't tell my wife. But she doesn't read Amazon reviews and has no idea that I wrote one.
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on June 11, 2015
Morgan Freeman is one of my all-time favorite actors... he's played narrator, head of the FBI, the President, and God. He's great in drama or comedy. When he's at his best is when the seasoned character you quickly grow to like and often takes on a protege. Now, several breakout stars came from this movie and the acting was all around phenomenal!!! This is almost flawless. The plot doesn't always lead where you think, and when it does, you're in suspense because you wonder how the characters are going to react!
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on February 14, 2017
A classic mystery/thriller/suspense movie. Brad Pitt in his younger days earlier in his career is phenomenal. Morgan Freeman is a legend himself. I highly recommend this movie to everyone, especially the younger crowd where this movie was just before their time, don't let that stop you from seeing a cult classic.
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on November 3, 2014
As a screenwriter, I studied the hell out of this movie in conjunction with the screenplay. The differences between the two are stunning, however the actors did a superb job in bringing the characters to life.

Morgan Freeman is torn when he sees the new guy (Brad Pitt) come in with the same attitude as he had when he was wet behind the ears, yet over-confidently pushing the boundaries. The way this ends leaves the viewer understanding the repetition, yet wanting to see more just to make sure. An incredible movie for those with a strong stomach for reality.
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on February 24, 2018
With the likes of director David Fincher, you're guaranteed a good film! Always using a kind of low light, foggy light, this movie is horror at its best. Don't eat too soon before viewing and don't watch it with ignorant people.
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