Written by: alex1176
Nine years before "Saw" was released, director David Fincher bounced back from the failure of his film debut (Alien 3) with this top notch thriller in the vein of "The Silence of the Lambs". This was also Brad Pitt's first film directed by Fincher followed by "Fight Club" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button". In 1995, Pitt's star was on the major rise after starring in "Interview with the Vampire" and "Legends of the Fall". Released in September of that year, "Seven" struck a chord with audiences as it became a major hit for New Line Cinema.
Morgan Freeman heads the cast as Detective William Somerset, a down-and-out policeman who has quit on life and people. He is retiring because of what he has seen on the job and Pitt is the young man who is to become his replacement. They are as different as day and night, but work together for a week to solve a series of murders based on the Seven Deadly Sins.
It be pointless for me to further describe the plot given the popularity of the 9 year-old film. But I will say the movie is well-directed by Fincher and has a great script by Andrew Kevin Walker. I believe the reason "Alien 3" failed was because of the production problems and a really lousy script. Fincher was just unfortunate to be in the middle of it. In his second film as director, he proves to be quite a filmmaker. The visuals and the acting of the cast are first rate. And even to this day, it's quite shocking. The very un-Hollywood ending is also something to shout about. This is a great murder mystery and the way the murders are played out probably inspired Jigsaw's even more grisly kills in "Saw".