This film horrified me when I first saw it in the theatre. I remember coming outside after a matinee showing, to ominous clouds which seemed fittingly end-of-the-worldish. David Fincher earned his rep on this movie, and even though he’s made darker films since, I think this is the most disturbing. Unlike Fight Club or The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo, Se7en features ordinary people trying to exist in a very fuck-up reality.
It’s because of Se7en that I can name the 7 deadly sins. I hadn’t read Milton or Dante when I first saw this film. Shortly afterwards, I studied Dante, and all I could see, while reading the text, was images from the film. This might be the film where I fell in love with Morgan Freeman.
Rewatching it, all these years later, I’m impressed at how it holds up. Like Psycho, Se7en is a true horror film. The camera angles are a mix of traditional and new. Gwyneth Paltrow has been compared to Grace Kelly, who did a Hitchcock fim or two, and it’s in this movie where you can really see why. After Se7en, she went on to do a Hitchcock remake. I think her diner scene with Morgan Freeman is one of the best things she’s done.