So, what WAS in the box? Review of: Se7en

Se7enSo, I watched Se7en for the first time last week. In short, I did like it, but I’m not sure I know why it’s hailed as a classic.

I’ll admit, the horror genre isn’t really one that I explore very often. I’m not really a fan of scary movies, tons of gore, or jump scenes. So when I watch something that has all three, I tend to step back and not get really into the movie.

However, I let myself get into this one. Mostly because the plot seemed to turn at a few moments, but also because I did get a little lost. I’ll admit, I did not have the patience to pay too close attention. It just seemed to drag on and on. (Sorry David Fincher).

But, when the third act started, when Kevin Spacey turns himself in, then I woke up and realized that everything in the plot did get tied up just perfectly. The antagonist was written perfectly, and had planned everything, even when and where everything happened. Maybe not terribly realistic, but still cool. And I know that it was a traumatic moment, but Brad Pitt’s line, “What’s in the box?” was funny.

Speaking of actors, it was a bit of an experience waching a movie knowing where their careers head. This film ws a vehicle to hoist him to A-list status, yet he still performs amazingly. Morgan Freeman still played the older man type character, but with a blend of a tough cop. I’m not sure anyone else could work it like he could.

Summary: Two great actors, decent story that gets better the more you watch, and I have to watch Fight Club three times as penance for not enjoying this movie to the fullest.