Number 25 on the top 1000 films of all time is this psychological horror/thriller film, David Fincher’s 1995 film Se7en.
Morgan Freeman plays the soon-to-retire William Somerset, an old and wise police detective and Brad Pitt is the cocky, young and arrogant Detective Mills. Together they pursue a sadistic serial killer dubbed John Doe, played brilliantly by Kevin Spacey, who murders people in conjunction with seven deadly sins: lust, pride, greed, gluttony, sloth, wrath and envy.
I really liked the premise behind this film and how it delved in deep into the psyche of a serial killer. I’ve noticed that in society, there is a strong fascination with serial killers and their motivations. Whilst we don’t necessarily condone their actions, they are definitely interesting to learn about. This is one reason why I liked this film: it really took the time to explore John Doe’s character and his motivations for killing. It delves well into his backstory and his psyche. This fleshed him out better as a character and added a sense of intrigue to the film.
Kevin Spacey was once again great as the serial killer: John Doe. Playing the role with a deadpan seriousness, he conveyed himself, as a cool, calm and collected character. This is what made him so scary; the fact that he doesn’t show any emotion or remorse for his actions makes him truly frightening. I also quite liked the idea of John Doe using the seven deadly sins as a template for his kills. I felt that this was creative and original enough to keep the film memorable.
I felt that this film was anti-climatic in terms of its scariness. I expected to be hiding behind a cushion for the whole film, but I was able to watch it all without a problem. Whilst Kevin Spacey was very scary, I felt that the film would have been scarier if the violence had happened on-screen, rather than off.
Great acting and an original narrative makes this film awesome, yet it was also very anti-climatic in places.