The Class Movie, Seven, Still Packs a Punch
Greed, Gluttony, Sloth, Rath, Pride, Lust, and Envy; these are the seven deadly
sins from which the title and plot of the movie Seven are derived, they are also the
reasons why seven people’s lives are ended very gruesomely by a John Doe (Kevin
Spacey) who orchestrates each individuals demise down to the last specific detail.
“Seven” is a thriller that is just that; a thriller that sucks you in like a Shop-Vac from the
very beginning and keeps you teetering on the edge of your seat until the very end, where
the shocking finale virtually picks you up out of your chair and drops you on the floor.
There are so many things I look for in a thriller. In order for a suspense thriller
like “Seven” to live up to my standards it must have, first and foremost, a strong plot.
Second, it should have, what I like to refer to as tension quality. Third, the actors should
do the script justice and deliver performances that enhance the film. Poor acting can
make even the most well-written screenplay falter.
The strong plot of this movie was developed by it’s suspense, drama, and
surprising ending. “Seven” definitely delivered high-quality suspense and intense drama.
From the very beginning, when detectives Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt found the man
who had committed the sin of gluttony, I had to rack my brain about who in the movie
appeared psychotic enough to force feed a man until he basically burst to death. It wasn’t
until the killer had completed his missions and turned himself in by choice did the
viewing audience ever see his face, which made his surrender even more dramatic. The
plot never failed to be suspenseful throughout the entire movie, which is one of the
reasons why if you miss a single moment, you miss a lot. The ending was not only a
shock, but also it was deeply disturbing, and difficult for me to mentally comprehend
how someone could do something so barbaric. Now, I’m not going to divulge the ending,
but believe me when I say that it brings heartache, mental anguish, surprise, and a tainted
future to one of the detectives working on the case. This movie scored an A+ for the plot
being easy enough to follow and holding my attention.
This film’s edge of your seat action, creepy quality, and the moment where you
think the killer has finally been stopped dead in his tracks, all contribute to the film’s
tension quality. The suspense and drama of the movie contributed greatly to its edge-of-
your-seat quality. The fact that you never knew what type of clues these detectives were
going to find and that each killing got increasingly disturbing and gruesome almost
caused my fingers to have fabric burn from gripping my recliner. I would rate this movie
an 8 out of 10 for keeping me on the edge of my seat. This film definitely didn’t lack the
moment where the detectives thought they had finally caught him, but he escaped.
Actually, they did have the right guy, and they found him by tracing library records, but
he escaped on foot sending Pitt on a high-action chase through the back alleyways of
New York to bring him to justice. When Pitt finally caught up to him, the killer shot Pitt
in the shoulder, and then held the barrel of his gun to the defenseless detective’s temple.
My heart was racing a million miles a minute wondering if this nut job would actually
pull the trigger, but instead the concealed killer cowering behind his mask pulled his gun
away and ran off. The fact that the viewers never got to see the killers face in this scene
made the climax of the movie all the more intense. The creepy quality was intense,
multidimensional, consistent, and detailed. Just as the killer in this movie planned each
detail of every murder with perfection, the crew on this movie assembled various specific
details that produced an unsurpassed creepiness. Everything about this movie creeped me
out, not just the gruesome killings, but the mentality of the killer, the filth and squalor the
victims lived in, the scary soundtrack, and even the style of the font the beginning credits
were written in. Every detail of this movie was planned and planted at the right moment
to creep out its audience and make then gasp with horror, disgust, and surprise. Without
all of these things that I have mentioned, the film would have been extremely dull and
boring, versus exciting and enticing.
The highly-emotional performances of these actors really drove the storyline into
your heart strings. The actors, especially Kevin Spacey, made the script come alive.
Spacey really embodied this psychotic killer, and although he had a rather small role
towards the end, he used it to his advantage and packed a powerful punch. Although Brad
Pitt and Morgan Freeman were good actors in the movie, they didn’t quite provide me
with the same quality performances I have come to expect from them. However, they did
have talents specific to this film. For example, Morgan Freeman had an instinct about
where certain clues would be and the discipline to research what each could have meant.
Brad Pitt had a talent for using the “F” word in every part of speech of the English
language. Gweneth Paltrow, although her role was only a brief one in the beginning of
the movie, was influential in this film as the loving, devoted wife to Pitt. This all-star cast
of seasoned, veteran actors gave performances that enhanced this film tremendously.
With the quality of “Seven’s” suspense, edge of your seat action, the heart-
stopping ending, detailed creepiness, riveting acting, and beautifully sculpted climax, this
film has wedged it’s way into my heart as one of my all time favorite suspense thrillers.
It’s rare in today’s film industry that a film posses and meets all the criteria it should and
produces such a wonderful finished product. I would highly recommend this film and
encourage anyone that is either a fan or a skeptic of this type of genre to see this movie. It
definitely has the potential to revive your fanatic self or make you a fan of these types of