I’m a big movie buff, as you can probably tell… However, I only saw this film for the first time the other day (I like my view from under this rock, OK?)
So for those of you that haven’t seen this movie, I’d definitely recommend it but it’s what I call heavy because you need to be ‘switched on’ the whole way through to get what’s going on…
So the plot for the film is that there’s a serial killer, killing people and using the seven deadly sins as motives. You follow detectives Somerset (Morgan Freeman) and Mills (Brad Pitt) work on the case to try and catch the killer. It’s proven very difficult because this killer leaves zero fingerprints or any other leads behind.
As with all thrillers, these cops have some personal issues. Somerset for example is on his last case and wants to leave the city as he’s just had enough of dealing with people like this killer. Mills on the other hand wants to establish himself as a good detective and is keen to catch this killer to prove that. Both characters are on opposite ends of a spectrum and it works well because when Somerset is ready to give up Mills keeps going and when he misses something Somerset sees it.
The acting in this film is brilliant, I mean with a cast like this one you’re not going the be disappointed. Both Pitt and Freeman are great as the two lead detectives and don’t try to out do one another, they just take their roles seriously and do them justice. Gwyneth Paltrow is also good as Pitt’s wife in the film who is struggling to adjust to her new life in the city.
There’s no special effects as such however the crime scenes are very gory and well done and it does look very realistic especially for a film done in 19995. The ‘crimes’ themselves are well thought out and the one for lust is especially grim in my opinion.
I really enjoyed this film, it’s not your typical ‘catch the killer’ film and has some big twists in it that keep you watching until the very end and oh the ending is good! It’s difficult to review a thriller without giving any spoilers I’ll be honest but all I can say is the killer himself is great and the actors performance is menacing. Overall, it’s worth a watch if you have the time.
Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving this film a nine, brilliant acting, good story and a now classic movie. 9/10