Published July 9, 2022


Film info

  • Title Se7en
  • Director David Fincher
  • Year 1995
  • Run time 2hrs 7m
  • Genres Thriller, Crime, Mystery
  • Tagline Seven deadly sins. Seven ways to die.

When city police find a murder victim who was somehow forced to die of overeating, it puts veteran Detective William Sommerset and his new, talented but still green partner, Detective David Mills, on a desperate hunt for a serial killer who is making statements by staging his victims as tableaus of the Seven Deadly Sins. The first corpse found was Gluttony, and soon the detectives find more: a lawyer killed because of his Greed; an insurance scammer killed for his Sloth; a fashion model killed for her Pride. With time running out for the last two possible victims - Envy and Wrath - can Sommerset and Mills get ahead of the killer before his final two acts come to deadly fruition?

Live blog

Time Comment
4:08 How can he sleep to a metronome? I already want to tear it apart.
8:36 He put one coffee down and gave the other away. Waste!
12:57 That is a LOT of rain.
15:49 “Don’t start that big brain of yours cooking on this.”
23:41 Damn, I need to read Paradise Lost.
29:32 I like how he really looks like an old school detective too, with the trench coat and hat.
30:39 Cliff notes!
37:05 “Soothing, relaxing, vibrating home.”
47:11 It does seem like a lot of police work is in deference to making sure the evidence is court-proof.
1:03:49 “This guy’s methodical, exacting, and worst of all, patient.”
1:08:12 I knew there was a reason I haven’t rejoined the library.
1:20:44 He didn’t just let him go, he actively chased him away.
1:32:15 Head home for the first time in days with a broken arm. Oops.
1:36:42 “For the first time ever, you and I are in total agreement.”
1:46:31 Let’s not be criticising Brad’s eyes, please.
1:54:50 So tense.


This film was referenced in The Butterfly Effect, and Mr C was agog that I hadn’t seen it yet, so it was immediately put on the list. He knew it was good but couldn’t remember much about it, so it was a nice surprise for both of us.

This film is SO GOOD. Most of it leading up to the end is really tense and gross and violent and stressful, but the final showdown really pays off all that has gone before. I thought the actual ending was quite abrupt, I would have liked to know what happened to Mills, but I guess in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t matter, he lost the fight and became one of the sins. Amazing.

Rating: 5 / 5

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