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SEVEN A FILM BY DAVID FINCHER STARRING BRADD PITT AND MORGAN FREEMAN By Ken Balch World of Ideas 390 Prof George Adams The movie Seven is a depiction of the inevitable fall of mankind through the grizzly murders of John Doe Kevin Spacey Doe commits a series of methodical exacting and grotesque murders as portrayed in the Seven Deadly Sins listed in the novel Marques de Sade works of Milton Chaucer and Dante The Seven Sins consist of Pride Envy Greed Wrath Sloth Gluttony and Lust These were set out to show mankind what they must avoid to find their way into Heaven The killer Doe cleverly commits each Sin in such a way that it seems to the older wiser detective Somerset Morgan Freeman that the man is preaching a sermon Telling each victim to commit an act of attrition for his or her Sin Later this notion turns out to be true for in fact the killer is trying to send out a message of how despicable and ugly mankind has become We are introduced to Mills Pitt at the scene of the first crime He Pitt is a young brash full of anger and energy detective He sees the killer as a fucking nut bag who owns a library card The symbolism can easily be detected in the vast differences of the two detectives the older cautious almost poetic Somerset Freeman Contrasted by the younger vile over eager act before thinking Mills Pitt The two make a match that combines wit with strength which will lead to the eventual capture of John Doe Before the surrender of John Doe we are walked through a gruesome world of seven murders
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