1995 Running time: 127 Certificate: 18 Rating: 3

Synopsis

David Fincher's ultra-disturbing thriller stars Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt as homicide detectives on the trail of a cruelly inventive psychopath who selects his victims according to the Seven Deadly Sins. Once unmasked, the killer makes a quietly unforgettable impact in a rain-slicked nightmare that breaks open a charnel house of nasty surprises and delivers one of the most devastating endings in movie history. Don't watch it alone.

Director

  • David Fincher

Cast

  • Brad Pitt

  • Morgan Freeman

  • Gwyneth Paltrow

Review

Grim and grisly serial killer thrillers often make gripping and exciting adult entertainment, and here's a prime example, although faint hearts may find this one a bit too much.

Evisceration runs riot as a maniac murderer picks out victims who exemplify one of the seven deadly sins and puts them to death in the most gruesome and revolting ways possible, often forcing the victims to carve themselves up as the part of the slow-death punishment.

If you think this is a turnoff, wait (or don't) for the quite disgusting climax!

Morgan Freeman is outstanding as the near-retirement detective, forced to take on a young, eager partner (Brad Pitt) in his last days, and even counsel Pitt's weepy, newly pregnant wife (Gwyneth Paltrow).

There's an excitingly shot chase sequence towards the end, when the cops corner the killer, but the intense horror of it all ultimately leaves you stunned.

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