Thursday, January 29, 2009

Se7en : A Tale Of Right In A World So Wrong

One of my favorite movies is Se7en (1995), starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman; directed by David Fincher. It's a very dark and gritty film, and would be described best as a psychological thriller. In it, a killer is on the loose and is executing elaborate deaths that coincide with the seven deadly sins: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. There is so much more to this movie than meets the eye, and it is best described in a semi-monologue near the end of the film.

David Mills: Wait, I thought all you did was kill innocent people.
John Doe: Innocent? Is that supposed to be funny? An obese man... a disgusting man who could barely stand up; a man who if you saw him on the street, you'd point him out to your friends so that they could join you in mocking him; a man, who if you saw him while you were eating, you wouldn't be able to finish your meal. After him, I picked the lawyer and I know you both must have been secretly thanking me for that one. This is a man who dedicated his life to making money by lying with every breath that he could muster to keeping murderers and rapists on the streets!
David Mills: Murderers?
John Doe: A woman...
David Mills: Murderers, John, like yourself?
John Doe: [interrupts] A woman... so ugly on the inside she couldn't bear to go on living if she couldn't be beautiful on the outside. A drug dealer, a drug dealing pederast, actually! And let's not forget the disease-spreading whore! Only in a world this shitty could you even try to say these were innocent people and keep a straight face. But that's the point. We see a deadly sin on every street corner, in every home, and we tolerate it. We tolerate it because it's common, it's trivial. We tolerate it morning, noon, and night. Well, not anymore. I'm setting the example. What I've done is going to be puzzled over and studied and followed... forever.
Brad Pitt's character strongly disagrees with this sentiment, and continues to argue with Doe. However, viewers will notice that Morgan Freeman's character remains quiet, contemplative. When I saw that I knew that he agreed with what Doe had done. Does that make it right? No. But at the same time, there is a passive concession to accepting Doe's actions.

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