Never mind Alien 3 being David Fincher’s directorial debut, this is his real debut, the one where he was allowed complete creative control instead of being held back by producers who had no foresight of the kind of talent he could wield behind the camera.
This 1995 modern crime serial killer thriller is one of the darkest of it’s kind and without a doubt set the template for a series of imitators and copy cat efforts. None that could match the deep pessimism this film exhibits with the style it does. Sporting excellent lead performances from Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, and supported by a more than able supporting cast, never has the pursuit of a serial killer been so labyrinthine, shocking and involving. The murders themselves, each modelled after one of the seven deadly sins, reveal a patience and creativity, that one could almost describe them as ghastly artworks. And as the days pass, the plot then takes a surprising turn which leads to a shocking climax.
Among my favourite things about this film is that the marvellous opening credit sequence has accompanying it a remix of Nine Inch Nail’s Closer, then at the closing credits The Heart’s Filthy Lesson by David Bowie. The former is a link to Fincher’s future collaboration with Trent Reznor for soundtrack work and the latter is a mighty full stop to all that comes before. Another welcome addition is special make up effects by a certain Rob Bottin, who came to prominence because of his fantastic work on Carpenter’s The Thing and would go on from there to work on, among many more, films such as Robocop, Innerspace and Fight club. His work is unforgettable.
The Blu ray itself is excellent. The picture quality for the film itself is marvellous and there is a sizeable amount of worthwhile extras that reveal a level of detail that John Doe would be proud of. Worth further investigation.
All in all, Seven is a dark and deliciously deranged treat for adults only, as well as being the beginning of a string of great work by one of the finest working in the industry. If you are yet to become acquainted, I envy you. Enjoy.
- Actors: Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman
- Directors: David Fincher
- Format: Blu-ray
- Language: English
- Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Roadshow
- DVD Release Date: 31 Oct 2012
- Run Time: 127 minutes
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- ASIN: B00EIAK7L0
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