Gluttony. Greed. Sloth. Pride. Lust. Envy. Wrath.
In an unidentified city rife with urban and moral decay, two homicide detectives, retiring veteran William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) and newly transferred David Mills (Brad Pitt), hunt for a serial killer who meticulously stages each murder based on one of the seven deadly sins.
The unlikely partners — Somerset, steady, calm, weary of the horrors of the city, Mills, young, impatient, cocky — must try to sort through the killer’s cryptic methods and intricately concealed clues as the elusive John Doe stays one step ahead.
From its now-iconic opening title sequence – a mash-up of scratched frames, jittery titles, and disjointed imagery set to a remix of Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer” – through to its shattering concluding twist, director David Fincher’s dark, stylish thriller is brilliantly disturbing.
2hr 07mins // directed by: David Fincher // featuring: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow // 35mm