I used to avoid Brad Pitt movies like the plague, like famine,
like a Bob Dole presidency... but after watching INTERVIEW WITH
THE VAMPIRE and 12 MONKEYS, I realized the guy actually can act.
Imagine my surprise that his success isn't solely based on being a
greasy-haired pretty boy. Part of that is also because, with the
exception of the dreadful horror flick STUDENT BODIES, he manages
to somehow pick compelling and original movies to star in, something
you can't always say about the other what-a-cute-butt stars like Mel
Gibson (BIRD ON A WIRE) and Tom Cruise (DAYS OF THUNDER).
SEVEN is a stylish thriller you should be able to follow even
if you haven't seen ONE through SIX. There's a serial killer on the
loose committing brutal murders for each one of the seven deadly sins
(kind of like that "Batman" story I wrote four years ago in which the
Joker commits crimes based on holidays... I wonder if there's a
possibility for a lawsuit.) and detectives Pitt and Morgan Freeman
have to discover the freak's identity and stop him.
Here comes the formula we've seen a hundred times before.
Rookie cop Pitt has to earn the respect of about-to-retire cop Freeman,
who keeps going on and on about how he's only got a week left until
retirement. Uh-huh. We know what his final decision will be because
no movie cop has ever been able to bring himself to leave the force.
We're left to believe that, in the movie realm, police officers die and
decompose at the station.
There's also a plotline with Pitt's wife coming to Freeman for
advice on how to cope with the coming lifetime of stress and heartache
in a miserable, crime-ridden city for them and their unborn children.
This is a movie with an incredibly grim view of humanity, potentially
depressing for people who don't like to hear about naked, obese men
being force-fed to death (because I know that hits a little too close to
home for me). The murders in the movie are definitely creative to the
point of disgust, I'll give them that. It's hard to work people up about
sins like sloth and gluttony, but SEVEN manages to make it
Copyright © 1996 Andrew Hicks