Se7en – A Movie Review

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Jul 252008
 

Movie Poster for Se7enLt. William Somerset, a burnt-out veteran cop, is on the brink of retirement. Forced to train his ambitious and eager replacement, Somerset is teamed with Detective David Mills on an investigation that draws these disparate cops deeper and deeper into the twisted world of a cunning and meticulous criminal. He is methodical, exacting and grotesquely creative. He is known as John Doe and he is the most vicious serial killer alive, fashioning murders based on the seven deadly sins. As each new victim is discovered, the detectives must combine their collective experiences to track the trail of a killer bent on seeking attrition for society’s sins.

Genres: Drama, Thriller and Crime/Gangster; Running Time: 2 hrs. 5 min.; Release Date: September 22nd, 1995; MPAA Rating: R for grisly afterviews of horrific and bizarre killings, and for strong language.

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, Richard Roundtree, Kevin Spacey

Directed by: David Fincher

This was a movie we watched weekend before last. It was better than I expected. I started watching this movie and i couldn’t stop until it was over. This gritty film about a serial killer who is doling out punishments according to The Seven Deadly Sins, and leaving a trail of crumbs that lead two police officers to a final act that will leave you stunned with disbelief. What a great storyline and the acting was pretty good. Freeman played a great cop and an extremely creepy Kevin Spacey is an exceptional demented bad guy. Brad Pitt is much younger then, and some inexperience comes through, but overall he handles the part reasonably well. The ending of this movie will shock you, probably my favorite ending of any movie and it’s not often you see Hollywood end a movie like this. Such a dark movie that it will leave you thinking about it for days after the movie. You have to see this one.

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Iron Man

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May 112008
 

Iron ManTony Stark is a billionaire industrialist and genius inventor who is kidnapped and forced to build a devastating weapon. Instead, using his intelligence and ingenuity, Tony builds a high-tech suit of armor and escapes captivity. When he uncovers a nefarious plot with global implications, he dons his powerful armor and vows to protect the world as Iron Man.

Genres:
Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Adaptation

Running Time:
2 hrs. 6 min.

Starring
Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub, Leslie Bibb, and Gwyneth Paltrow

Directed by:
Jon Favreau

I heard s0me doubts that Robert Downey could pull off the part, but that impression can’t be upheld once you see the movie. He not only plays the playboy-smart-guy brilliantly he is convincing as the man in the iron suit (gold titanium alloy actually).

The movie is not dark as Batman Begins so I would say this is okay for kids to see. We took Lay’s nephews, and they certainly gave it a thumbs up. Some scary moments for kids, but nothing over the top.

Basically we are off to a great start to a new comic franchise thanks to the guidance of Jon Favreau. He has put together a great cast (Downey, Paltrow, and Howard) that gel real well together and will make a good team down the road.

The effects were great. A good blend of real props to computer graphics. Nothing looked cartoony at all.

In short, for any summer action movie buff… this is a must see. For anyone who loves Robert Downey Jr… it is a must see. And lastly if you like the work Jon Favreau has done to date… go see this movie.

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