The movie Seven (1995) starring Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt always been in the back of my mind as an excellent thriller. I’ve watched it several times since it first came out in 1995. Recently, I was hanging out with a friend who wanted to watch a movie. She asked me to pick a crime drama with some suspense. Instantly, I thought of Seven. She asked how long the movie was and I had to do a double take when I saw that it was over 2 hours. I don’t remember it being this long, I thought to myself. Oh well, no worries.. it’s going to be good.
We started the movie up and I felt confident in my decision. I knew the big shocking ending already and I was excited for my guest to share in its shocki-ness. However, along the way we realized the movie felt very plodding. As she asked if it was going to pick up at any point I found myself second-guessing my opinion of this movie.
The tone of the movie is good. It rained every day. It had a noir feel to it. Morgan Freeman and Gwyneth Paltrow were good. Brad Pitt is a little too Brad Pitt-ish, but in 1995 that was fine. 30 years later maybe not so much. Kevin Spacey was great in the 90’s because he sort-of came out of nowhere and was mysterious. Now, knowing what we know, he is a creeper in real life as well as the movies.
I give Seven 77 out of 100 potatoes. It’s still a fresh movie, just not as fresh as I had remembered.