Director: David Fincher
Starring: Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman
Anytime I tackle a movie higher than about #50 on this list, I have to treat it carefully. Even a normal, non-movie obsessed person is bound to watch that many movies over the course a year, so over the course of movie history, to be counted among the fifty greatest films ever is an untouchable feat. Hundreds of masterpieces will be left out in the cold. That doesn't mean, of course, that the top fifty should be arbitrarily chosen among masterpieces simply because there's so many great films. I say all this because Seven is a really fantastic movie, but when I went to look at its position on the list and saw it sitting at #27, my initial reaction was disbelief. I mean, it's great, but is it the twenty-seventh greatest movie ever? With a little bit of reflection, I came around. It really probably is that great.
If you don't know the plot by now, you probably aren't breathing: A serial killer stalked by two detectives is carrying out a series of murders based on the Seven Deadly Sins. There is an eventual twist/revelation that brings the movie full circle. Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey both give stellar performances, and a still-pretty-young Brad Pitt does his best to play a psychologically complex cop. The movie cemented David Fincher as one of the most promising young directors of the 1990s, and rightly so. It gave a new twist to the Law and Order-style investigation film and had some truly terrifying images – Gluttony and Sloth come immediately to mind. There's a lot more to say about this movie than I have the mental capacity to say right now, as I am extremely tired and have to get up soon, but I'll invite the same thing I invited when I wrote about Amadeus: If you want to have a discussion about this movie or pick my brain about it, use the comments section to do so and I'll be happy to reply!
The Good: Psychologically taut script with some truly stark cinematography.
The Bad: Pitt hadn't come into his own as one of the greatest actors in Hollywood just yet.
The Skinny: I hope it's not too bold to agree with this movie's position on the list, but I'm quite okay with it.