Directed by David Fincher. US. 1995. R. 2 hours 7 minutes. Warner. 35mm.
Fri., March 1, 2019
When retiring police Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) tackles a final case with the aid of newly transferred David Mills (Brad Pitt), they discover a number of elaborate and sadistic murders. They soon realize they are dealing with a serial killer who is targeting people he thinks represent one of the seven deadly sins. Unsettling and influential, director David Fincher’s blend of police procedural and horror features a superb cast, a clever script, and one of the most jaw-dropping finales in film history.
“David Fincher’s intricate thriller is one of the best and most influential Hollywood films of the 1990s, not only for its serial-killer-as-genius conceit (which inspired countless knock-offs, including the Freeman-starring Alex Cross series) but also for its stunning visual aesthetic. Rendering the film’s unnamed metropolis as a stygian cesspool awash in grime, filth, and a constant rain that never cleanses, Fincher and D.P. Darius Khondji create a vision of intense, unrelenting ugliness that is paradoxically breathtaking in its artistry.” – TIFF