Se7en review

Film description

In a Nutshell: Seven deadly sins, two city cops, one righteous killer... and a lot of rain.



Seven deadly sins. Seven ways to die.

Gluttony • Greed • Sloth • Envy • Wrath • Pride • Lust

Let he who is without sin try to survive.


William Somerset: 'This isn't going to have a happy ending.'

John Doe: 'Wanting people to listen, you can't just tap them on the shoulder anymore. You have to hit them with a sledgehammer, and then you'll notice you've got their strict attention.'

William Somerset: 'Ernest Hemingway once wrote, 'The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.' I agree with the second part.'


In a city rancid with the stench of sin and urban decay, Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) prepares to leave behind a life of tireless pursuits and weary manhunts.

As each day eats away at what little grasp on humanity he has left, Somerset is handed a seemingly innocuous last case.

Joined by the worryingly enthusiastic Detective David Mills (Brad Pitt), the investigation appears at first glance to be a horrific case of self mutilation, but on closer examination the man bears marks that collate to one of the seven deadly sins laid out in Christian and Catholic faith.

The discovery of more bodies, each inflicted with their own unique brand of unimaginable horror, sets the stage for a journey that leads the pair into the very heart of darkness.

Each new victim revealing just to what lengths their killer will go in order to demonstrate his own twisted definition of ‘God’s’ will.  

Director David Fincher here gives us one of the most dramatic inversions of Urban America ever committed to the screen.

Death and the atrophy of human decency are in this city, as normal and routine as the very people that serve as the catalyst to their own destruction.

Star turns from Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as a shadowy turn from one the best actors of this generation, all serve to bring this contorted fable to life.

Written by: Tom Doidge

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Release Dates

UK DVD release
February 26th 2001
UK Blu-ray release
October 25th 2010

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