Se7en is one of my favorite and most admired films, and one of the cinemas finest examples of the thriller genre. While it was a commercial and critical success, it was sadly overlooked at the awards season in 1995. Fueled by exceptional performances from Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Gwyneth Paltrow and especially Brad Pitt (who has never been better), and featuring stunning editing, and beautiful cinematography, this portrayal of the modern crime-riddled city has rarely been bettered. Working with yet another fantastic screenplay (in reference to Aaron Sorkin's recent work in The Social Network), Fincher's brooding, perfectionist style is impressively executed here. There are so many classic sequences that have become embedded in the psyche of audiences and culture alike, notably the discovery of Sloth (widely considered to be one of the scariest sequences ever filmed), Mills' pursuit of John Doe through the apartment block that sprawls onto the street (one of the most intense and impeccably choreographed chase sequences ever), the subsequent searching of John Doe's apartment, the disturbing discovery of Lust and the thrilling 'head-in-the-box' conclusion. Se7en is completely engaging, disturbing, shocking and often darkly amusing. If you wish to watch one film this weekend, I urge you to consider this one.
My Rating: 5 Stars