Director David Fincher
Written By Andew Kevin Walker
Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, R Lee Ermey, Mark Boone Junior, John C McGinley, Michael Masse, Leland Orser, Richard Portnow, Richard Roundtree, Richard Schiff.
This film is quintessentially one of the best, if not THE best thrillers ever made. Even quarter of a century later, it is still a great watch, everyone gives a memorable performance, with Pitt showed us early in his career that he is a damn fine actor, and this movie proves it.
Set in an unnamed city, soon to be retired Somerset (Freeman), who has lived in the crime riddled city, is partnered with new arrival to town Mills (Pitt), who has just moved with his young wife Tracey (Paltrow).
When a series of murders start occurring, that appear based on the seven deadly sins, the pair must work together to find the killer. Despite their different viewpoints in life, both personal and professional, this case will test how far they are willing to go to find this killer.
What really sets this apart from other thrillers is that it concentrates more on the after affect of the violent killings, rather than show them. There is a strong foundation of character development that complements the film well,
Even the ‘unnamed’ city is its own character, and it is just as dark as the film it is set in. Intentionally left unnamed by writer Walker, the city itself is the foundation of the entire film – and motivates all the characters within.
Several of Fincher’s trademarks are born here and with one of the most shocking endings in cinema history, this still remains one of the most brilliant films made.