The movies in this category are my favorite movies of all time. They are in no particular order. If you haven’t seen one of them be sure to try to catch them on Netflix, TV or Redbox.
Directed by David Fincher
Starring: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Gwyneth Paltrow, and R. Lee Ermey
Taking place in a nameless city, Se7en follows the story of two homicide detectives tracking down a sadistic serial killer who chooses his victims according to the seven deadly sins. Brad Pitt stars as Detective David Mills, a hopeful but naive rookie who finds himself partnered with veteran Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman). Together they trace the killers every step, witnessing the aftermath of his horrific crimes one by one as the victims pile up in rapid succession, all the while moving closer to a gruesome fate neither of them could have predicted. Written by David Foyer
Why I love it:
This is, in my opinion, one of the best thrillers (and movies) of all time. The entire movie is so intense and the atmosphere that is created gives off an extremely creepy feeling . While the film’s plot is simple, all the characters are complex and well-developed. Morgan Freeman is perfect as the old and withered detective who reluctantly accepts this new and gruesome case right as he is about to retire. Freeman is always great at playing the wise, “I’ve seen it all” type of role which is exactly what he plays here. Brad Pitt is pretty young in this movie but still pulls off one of his best performances of his career. He does great at going from the reckless,young cop, to the caring and loving husband to Gwyneth Paltrow’s character.
Se7en‘s setting is the most nightmarish and rundown city imaginable, and the film’s tone is really somber and dark. It almost has a post-apocalyptic feel to it and it’s probably one of the gloomiest movies ever made. I’m attracted to films with a bleak look on the world but I know they are not for everyone.
This film is extremely well written and actually brings up some great questions about human nature. Are any of us truly innocent? Should we be punished for our sins, or forgiven? These are just a couple of questions that the movie brings up and show the messages the movie is trying to get across. I wouldn’t say that this in any way a confusing movie, but it definitely will keep you thinking about it for several days, especially the end (it’s a shocker!).
Anyone looking for an intense, disturbing, and thought-provoking thriller that is written superbly and is well acted should definitely watch this movie. And whatever you do, don’t watch the edited version on TV, it will completely dumb down the movie and will not do it justice.