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Following the perverse exploits of an evasive serial killer, Detectives Sommerset and Mills work to unravel the mysterious link between each of the murder victims, who, consequently, are intended to represent hyperbolic examples of the repercussions of committing one of the "Seven Deadly Sins" of biblical literature. The murderer, likening himself to the "Sword of God," commits one egregious murder after the next, evading veteran Sommerset and rookie Mills all the while. But as the two work to track down the perpetrator they find themselves unexpectedly enwrapped in his perversely deadly plan.
"Se7en", directed by David Fincher, is an exciting, disturbing, extremely well made cop thriller.
Promotional Lines: "Let he who is without sin try to survive."
"Gluttony * Greed * Sloth * Envy * Wrath * Pride * Lust."
"Seven deadly sins. Seven ways to die. Seven ways to kill."
The basic story, a dark masterpiece of modern
horror, involves a veteran cop, Detective William Somerset (Morgan
Freeman) who is about to retire. As he breaks-in his replacement,
Detective David Mills (Brad Pitt), they both become involved into
a grisly, serial killer investigation. This twisted serial killer
chooses his victims from people who exemplify one of each of the
seven deadly sins, as he sees himself as being the flaming sword
of God, dispensing judgment on these sinners.
Brad Pitt and and Morgan Freeman make a great
screen team. The young hunk and the veteran character actor provide
a great "union of opposites."
As Pitt's young wife, Tracy Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow
is beautiful and sympathetic, giving a performance that complements
Brad Pitt's character.
While Se7en is a modern horror thriller done extremely well, one must have the stomach for it, and may not be suitable for people sensitive to horror, gross scenes, and scripts that aren't uplifting.