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Seven (1995)

Cast: Chuck Picerni, Jr., Chuck Picerni, Jr., Brad Pitt, more...
Director: David Fincher, David Fincher
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Studio: New Line Home Video
Genre: Suspense/Thriller, Crime, Cops, Manhunt
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French
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Director David Fincher's dark, stylish thriller ranks as one of the decade's most influential box-office successes. Set in a hellish vision of a New York-like city, where it is always raining and the air crackles with impending death, the film concerns Det. William Somerset (Morgan Freeman), a homicide specialist just one week from a well-deserved retirement. Every minute of his 32 years on the job is evident in Somerset's worn, exhausted face, and his soul aches with the pain that can only come from having seen and felt far too much. But Somerset's retirement must wait for one last case, for which he is teamed with young hotshot David Mills (Brad Pitt), the fiery detective set to replace him at the end of the week. Mills has talked his reluctant wife, Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow), into moving to the big city so that he can tackle important cases, but his first and Somerset's last are more than either man has bargained for. A diabolical serial killer is staging grisly murders, choosing victims representing the seven deadly sins. First, an obese man is forced to eat until his stomach ruptures to represent gluttony, then a wealthy defense lawyer is made to cut off a pound of his own flesh as penance for greed. Somerset initially refuses to take the case, realizing that there will be five more murders, ghastly sermons about lust, sloth, pride, wrath, and envy presented by a madman to a sinful world. Somerset is correct, and something within him cannot let the case go, forcing the weary detective to team with Mills and see the case to its almost unspeakably horrible conclusion. The moody photography is by Darius Khondji; the nauseatingly vivid special effects are by makeup artist Rob Bottin, best known for more fantasy-oriented work in films like The Howling (1981). ~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

Please note that this disc contains the movie. If you'd like to see the bonus disc, please rent Seven: Bonus Disc.

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GreenCine Member Ratings

Seven (1995)
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7.11 (1988 votes)
Seven (Bonus Disc) (1995)
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7.93 (61 votes)

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Not for the squeamish by johnnyclock July 4, 2006 - 2:46 AM PDT
In fact, not even for the not-squeamish. This is a well-done but disturbing movie, and not just graphically. If you liked Silence of the Lambs then you may like this.

Three by talltale March 27, 2006 - 8:11 PM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
A friend of mine nailed this film with just two words: autopsy porn. Perhaps worth a look to see early Kevin Spacey.

forgot it was so good by thomasadam September 1, 2004 - 12:43 PM PDT
0 out of 4 members found this review helpful
I saw this film when it came out and it was really scary.
I just saw it again and it is a fine, dark social commentary. So much of the film borders on surrealism. This is a VERY pessimistic movie, with a very strange detached attitude towards the average person. I guess I could write a lot about it, but I feel lazy. This movie is a lot more arty than I remember.

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