As weíre now sitting fifteen years later (I honestly canít believe itís been that long) there canít be much to say about this superb film that hasnít already been said so as always Iím going to focus on what I loved the most. First and foremost itís the brooding atmosphere. Despite knowing this film word for word Iím still drawn in every time feeling every second of raw tension through clenched teeth and tightened muscles. The score is perfect, coiling around you like a snake and slowly squeezing with each step forward. Again, you know whatís going to happen, who or whatís around every corner but it doesnít matter as each viewing actually feels like the first time which isnít an easy thing to pull off.
The characters are also gold. John Doe is a special breed of monster, something we tend to forget between viewings but it all comes crashing back as weíre once again plunged into his world. No one will ever forget the grotesque gluttony kill or the brutal lust kill but the one that still puts me back on my heels is sloth. Torturing someone for an entire year is beyond even my sick, twisted mind. Iíd have to hate someone will a real hard-on to go that kind of distance. Of course, the ending here or as John would call it, the complete act, is what truly makes the film. Iíve never in my life wanted to see someone die more than Doe at this point and had I been in Pittís shoes, I wouldnít have hesitated even half as long.
SE7EN rests upon a cinematic pedestal so high even the Gods themselves look up at it. John Doe was right; his masterpiece has been mulled over, copied and taken from since the day this film hit theatres. The roots of countless films can be found here from nearly half the serial killer movies that have come after it, to Horror franchises like SAW and HOSTEL (and I dare any of them to deny it). That said, thereís no substitute for the real thing and SE7EN is just as phenomenal now as it ever was.
Behind the Story: Here we take a look at the cast and crew of SE7EN as well as those behind the score. The cool thing here is that no matter what any of them do now, this flick will continue to earn them praise forever.
Stills: There are countless pictures here from John Doeís collection, the sloth murder, the police crime scenes as well as random shots from the film. Thereís also a closer look into Doeís notebook which is definitely worth a look.
Deleted Scenes: Thereís not much here really, just extended scenes mostly and the only good one was the ďdonít jerk me offĒ rebuttal. Also, we have an alternate ending thrown together via storyboards that I didnít really care for.
Exploring the Opening Title Sequence: They played around with several different variations of the opening sequence, and here weíre shown storyboards of those earlier rough versions. Either way, I dug the end result.
Previews: Thereís a theatrical trailer for the film, some different angle options for some key scenes and this Blu-ray comes with a cool picture book case dedicated to the film.
Extra Tidbit: Having seen Spacey here as Doe (and seeing as how he was pretty much unknown at the time), I automatically suspected him the first time I watched THE USUAL SUSPECTS.