“The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.” I agree with the second part.”
Two US police detectives, a rainy city riddled with crime and sleaze …. Yeah that sounds like typical Hollywood “cop movie” fare, however Seven (aka Se7en) is a cop movie with some differences.
The detective duo, one a veteran of the force due to retire (played by Morgan Freeman), the other a rookie detective (played by Brad Pitt) recently transferred into the district and their very first job together is to investigate the death of an obese man found dead face down in a plate of pasta tied to his chair, and it’s not a pretty sight. What a welcome to the neighbourhood for the new detective! For some reason nobody thinks to switch on the lights and instead they wander around the obese man’s territory looking for clues by flashlight (not the only film where this happens let’s be fair here!)
This rather grim death then sets the tone for the remainder of the film in this city where it rains every day (could it be Manchester? Lol) and they investigate death after death and at each crime scene a word is scrawled upon the walk by the murderer which is indicative of one of the seven deadly sins, in the case of the obese man “gluttony.” The veteran detective soon realises that the killer clearly intends to have someone murdered for each of the seven deadly sins.
Ok, it’s kind of formulaic but it’s no Agatha Christie “whodunit” mystery we’re talking about here. The film takes some unexpected twists and turns, most notably when the killer turns himself in. The interesting part of the film, for me at least, is the character development, how the story unfolds and because it’s not your run of the mill cop movie. Freeman is particularly good as the senior detective and you can see the angst in his soul as he thought he’d seen it all then along comes this killer.
Good stuff, very gripping and a worthy addition to your DVD collection in my opinion. Definitely not one for when the kiddies are around though.