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Se7en (1995)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Se7en (1995)

In David Fincher's crime thriller:

  • the ingenuity of the clues at the various murder scenes (none of which were seen committed)
  • the unforgettable, nail-biting, concluding climax in which maniacal serial killer John Doe (Kevin Spacey) led arrogant, hotshot replacement Detective David Mills (Brad Pitt) and retiring veteran Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) to a remote desert area, promising to reveal the last two bodies and give his confession
  • he delivered another sick and gruesome crime and souvenir - "her pretty head" (a severed head, never shown) delivered in a bloody cardboard box
  • Doe confessed to the sin of Envy before killing Mills' pregnant wife Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow): "I wish I could have lived like you did...I'm trying to tell you how much I admire you and your pretty wife...Tracy...It's disturbing how easily a member of the press can purchase information from the men in your precinct... I visited your home this morning after you'd left. I tried to play husband. I tried to taste the life of a simple man...It didn't work out so I took a souvenir - her pretty head"
  • afterwards, he had her head delivered to their location in the middle of the desert: ("Because I envy your normal life, it seems that Envy is my sin - she begged for her life, Detective. She begged for her life, and for the life of the baby inside of her. (To Somerset) Oh, he didn't know")
  • the lurid demonstration of the last of the Seven Deadly Sins (gluttony, greed, sloth, lust, pride, envy and wrath) - to demonstrate Wrath, anguished and angered Lt. Mills vengefully shot Doe in the head, and then emptied his gun of bullets into Doe's body, in exchange for his pregnant wife's beheading
Det. David Mill's Wrathful Revenge on Doe
  • Det. Somerset's final words (in voice-over): "Ernest Hemingway once wrote, 'The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.' I agree with the second part"

The "Greed" Crime Scene

"Pretty Head" in a Box: Confession of Envy by John Doe


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