Saturday, February 22, 2014

Jason revisits Se7en

Right off the bat, it must be acknowledged that Se7en is one of my Top 5 favourite movies. Which pretty much negates the need to write anything further. But this is my site (and Shawn's of course) and I'll do whatever the fuck I want. Wanna fight about it? No? Good.

Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi.

Se7en is the first movie that ever rocked my world. And it continues to do so to this day. Never before had I watched anything that induced so much dread and malice without showing a single death or act of violence -- foot chase aside.

I'm amazed at how well the movie holds up 19 years after its release. David Fincher is always good, but this is still his masterpiece. Yeah, I love Zodiac, The Game, even his Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but Se7en is it. It's not a thriller. Oh no. This is a horror movie through and through. And that's what makes it so awesome.

Yes, Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey are awesome. But Se7en is more than its performances. It's a mood. It's the implied terror. It's the mirror image of our society reflected back at us. Because only in a world this shitty, could we even try to say these people are innocent with a straight face.

I watched Se7en at least seven times in the theatre, and I've seen it countless times since. It's as perfect a film experience as I could hope for. It made me a fan of everyone involved, and warrants a revisit at least once a year.

A Good, if ever there was one.
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