Seven (1995) Review

Two detectives at different points in their careers are teamed together to hunt a serial killer that is using the seven deadly sins when picking his victims. Somerset a veteran and on the verge of retiring and Mills a rookie who will do anything to impress. They must put this together to catch the John Doe killer!


Seven is a truly fantastic psychological thrilling journey as we go through with Somerset and Mills as they are attempting to catch this very sadistic serial killer. The brutal natures of the murders really grab attention and some scenes certainly aren’t for the faint hearted! That had to be done though to really make these murders as truly shocking as possible.

Each murder is linked to one of the seven deadly sins, which leads the killer to believe that God wants him to deliver a message. The killer known as John Doe to the fact that no finger prints can ever be matched and quite frankly he does not seem to exist. Until of course he wants the detectives to play along with him, especially Mills who he very easily seems to be able to wind up and make angry.

Somerset’s approach is to try and understand the killer and he is the one who researches into the seven deadly sins attempting to find some kind of reasoning or rationale behind it all. Given the number of years he has been working this is something you can attribute to experience and previous case knowledge. On the opposite side we get Mills who does not really want to attempt to understand and just thinks he is an utter psycho, I mean that could very well be true as well but probably didn’t help the outcome.

Obviously not going to spoil anything incase anyone hasn’t seen the film yet, I have watched it quite a few times over the years and each time it seems to get better and more tense. That is an incredible testament to the style of the film and how much it manages to get to you as a viewer. Especially the truly outstanding end scene, I mean just wow. The build up to the box and what is going on elsewhere in the scene really does make you so tense and on edge. A dramatic conclusion to a truly fantastic ride throughout the film, mainly because at the end you are left thinking no that cannot possibly have happened.

In a film like this the performances are essential to the narrative and how you feel towards the characters. Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt really do make a fantastic team together each capturing the experience and naivety of their respected characters. Both so effortless in this and work so utterly well together. Gwyneth Paltrow is also very good in the supporting role and a little bit of a shame she wasn’t given more screen time. Then we get Kevin Spacey thrown in and he manages to capture the deranged killer in such an amazing way, which I guess is quite a strange thing to say but he really did well in that role.

David Fincher is a director who really does manage to special things within his films and has the ability to make you think about them for days after viewing. Especially when you realise it will be just as good no matter how many times you watch it. Seven is a film I have probably appreciated even more with each viewing and rightly so!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.