Monday, May 25, 2009

Se7en (1995)

I would beg to have anyone find fault in Se7en, which is as close to perfection in the Suspense / Thriller sub-genre as any film has gotten since The Silence of the Lambs. With dank, musty sets shot in cool blues and greens, the design of the film maintains a high level of grit and disgusting reality that compliments the theme beautifully. Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman each offer excellent performances, but for my taste Kevin Spacey takes the role a little over the top, making the killer unnaturally evil and awkward. The plot is intelligent, clever, and intricately constructed, while never compromising its integrity by feeling contrived or portraying events that are outside of the realm of reality. Im cutting this one short because the film does not need a defense, it is an excellent piece of filmmaking that transcends the genre and has a mass appeal to film fans at large. A rookie detective joins a seasoned veteran on a case involving a series of murders based on the seven deadly sins.

Rating: 10/10.



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8 comments:

  1. Carl: I saw this one in the theater when it came out. I remember thinking how effective and revolutionary was the editing - very, very fast and choppy, with highly grainy texture; Extreme close-ups chopped in with action shots. All very fast - what has come to be "MTV editing." Now it's commonplace - way too commonplace, so that every film, it seems, uses it so much I find myself longing for a still camera. But with Se7en, it was new and inventive. What an important film and one, I think, that will only grow in reputation over the years. Oh, and yes - Brad Pitts' very best. -- Mykal

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  2. I love love love this film. It's so amazing.

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  3. Agreed Mykal, the editing style was absolutely amazing when it debuted in this film, but then William Malone and others got hold of it and churned out dismal entries like the House on Haunted Hill remake that relied solely on style over substance, the two things that Fincher married so perfectly here. Time to get Se7en out for another view Kim!

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  4. The Nobody says the film is one of he best examples of true suspense in film - EVER! It has great buildup, realized characters, vicious killings and a very ingenious premise. David Fincher's direction is fantastic and elegant, without trying to "dumb down" the atmosphere he was trying to create.

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  5. THIS IS A PERFECT MOVIE IN MY BOOK AND WILL ALWAYS BE A PERFECT MOVIE. THIS IS WHAT GREAT CINEMA IS ABOUT. GREAT WRITE UP.

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  6. Yeah, probably a top twenty for me alright. I remember watching the film 3 times in a row listening to different commentaries when I was back in college...

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  7. I remember seeing this in theaters too and was blown the fuck away by it. A couple of women were even crying at the end of it. It's also back when Brad Pitt was in his prime. And just think... the guy who wrote the movie was working as a cashier at Tower Records when he did the screenplay.

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  8. I love this film as well. Technically, a terrific film. The "MTV" style that people refer to and particularly the opening credit sequence were inspired by Stan Brakhage's work. Some say it's a completely ripoff, but I don't think that's fair to say at all.

    The only fault I found in this film is just a personal thing. I don't think it's nearly as suspensful as it could have been. I'm never really scared or anxious when I watch it. But, most people are, so it still wins!

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