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April 13th, 2018 Movie – The Usual Suspects

the usual suspects

Some times, the best way to hear about a movie is word of mouth. If a movie gets a lot of good word of mouth among people, then their friends will be more likely to go see it. That is definitely the case with today’s movie. Everyone that I knew who had seen it had enjoyed it and I ended up seeing it myself. But that word of mouth extended even further when it came out on video, as even more people were talking about it who missed seeing it in theaters. I liked this movie and would always watch it when it came on TV, then finally decided to go ahead and get it on DVD after a while. So let’s enjoy today’s movie, The Usual Suspects.

The plot: On a freight ship docked in San Pedro, California, a badly wounded man, Dean Keaton, lights a match book and drops it to the ground, setting fire to a trail of gasoline. As the flames head towards the gas tanks, the flame is put out by a man urinating off of an upper deck. The man then approaches Keaton, who calls him “Keyser”, and the two talk briefly before Keyser shoots Keaton, then drops a lit cigarette onto the gasoline, reigniting it and causing the ship to explode as the man leaves. Some time later, Roger “Verbal” Kent, a con artist with cerebral palsey, is being interviewed by the police. Verbal tells them that the whole thing started 6 weeks ago when a shipment of guns was hijacked and while the drivers didn’t see anything, they heard one of the thieves speak. The New York Police Dept. pick up Verbal as well as Keaton, Michael McManus, Fred Fenster, and Todd Hockney, and placed in a police line up and each are made to read the line on a card before beginning to interrogate them. When they are placed in a holding cell, McManus and Hockney discuss the rumors about Keaton going straight since hooking up with a criminal defense attorney. They then all discuss why they are there and realize that they are being set up as the police have no real idea who stole the guns and  McManus wants to get back at the cops. Back in the present day, FBI Agent Jack Baer arrives at the dock and asks one of the officers if there were any survivors and learns that there were two; one who was badly burned and taken to the hospital, and one, Verbal, who was taken into custody by the police. Baer heads to the hospital and learns that the injured man had regained consciousness and as he goes in to try and speak to him, he recognizes him as Arkosh Kovash, a Hungarian Mobster. Baer makes a call to arrange for a security detail and an interpreter but as he is on the phone, Arkosh starts yelling out the name “Keyser Soze”, making Baer pause briefly before telling the person on the other phone to locate Dave Kujan. U.S. Customs Special Agent Dave Kujan has flown down to San Pedro to question Verbal but learns that he is going to be posting bail and released the next day. Kujan manages to get in to talk with Verbal before he is released and asks him what happened after the police line up in New York. Verbal explains that McManus had come up with a plan but they needed 5 men to pull it off and Verbal goes to try and convince Keaton to help them. The men all work together to rob some crooked cops that operate an illegal taxi service, robbing the recent customer of some jewels he was carrying, then torching the police car. Keaton calls in an anonymous tip and the media arrives and they end up bringing down the whole ringing, which extends all the way to the chief. McManus plans on heading to California with Fenster to meet with a fence that he knows but Hockney and the others don’t like the idea of them going alone and decide to go with him. Back in the present, Baer has his superior and the interpreter brought into the room and when he learns that Arkosh has seen Keyser Soze’s face, he has a sketch artist brought forward so they can get a sketch from Arkosh’s description. Back in the San Pedro Police Department, Kujan continues to question Verbal and Verbal tells him that after they arrived in California, they met with the fence, Redfoot, who paid them then offered another job. Keaton didn’t want to do it at first but finally relents and goes through with it. They go to steal a suitcase from a courier but unlike the police heist, this time they end up having to kill the men they were stealing from. When they open it, they find the suitcase contains heroin instead of jewels and McManus gets upset and when they meet with Redfoot, he accuses him of setting them up. Keaton calms him down and then questions Redfoot about who hired them and says he wants to meet him and Redfoot says the man has already said he wants to arrange a meeting. Back in the present, Baer heads to the station and meets with Kujan, telling him that according to Arkosh, the Hungarians were meeting with some Argentinians to buy some cocaine when Keyser Soze showed up and killed everyone. When Kujan returns back to the room and asks Verbal about Keyser Soze, he gets visibly upset. Verbal explains how they met with a lawyer named Kobayashi, who tells them he works for Keyser Soze. Kobayashi explains that Soze wants them to do a job for him, which could kill them but if they survive, they will get $91 million to split between them. When Keaton starts to refuse, Kobayashi explains that all of them have stolen from Soze at one point or another, and the only reason they are alive is because they didn’t know they were stealing from them. Soze feels this is simply making things even between them, and Kobayahsi leaves his suitcase on the table and leaves. When Keaton opens it, he finds envelopes with each of their names on them, with details of their lives contained in each one. Back in the present, Verbal tells Kujan a story he was told about how Soze was simply a low level dealer in Hungary when the mob wanted to expand into his territory. They held his wife and children hostage and killed his son in front of him, demanding he turn over his territory or else the others die. Soze proceeds to kill two of the mobsters, then kill his own family, telling the lone survivor he would rather see his family dead. After letting the man go and burying his family, Soze proceeds to go after the mob, killing their children and wives in retaliation, which led to him becoming a myth among criminals. After meeting with Kobayashi, Fenster decides to try and run but he is killed by Soze and Kobayashi tells the others where to find the body. As they argue over what to do, they bury Fenster, then decide to go after Kobayashi but he warns them against killing him, saying that their loved ones will end up dead, showing that he has brought Keaton’s girlfriend to be part of a trial and telling Keaton that the bodyguard he arranged will kill her if he turns up missing. Realizing they are trapped, Keaton and the others head out to the dock and await the meeting between the Hungarians and Argentinians. When the men show up, Keaton, McManus, and Hockney head out to deal with them, leaving Verbal, due to his disability, to cover them. The three men proceed to kill the guards outside and as Keaton and McManus head onto the boat, Hockney heads to a nearby van and finds it full of cash but ends up getting shot. Keaton and McManus make their way through the ship but find no sign of any cocaine on board. Verbal is tired of waiting and goes trying to help but when he finds Hockney’s body, he closes the van doors and goes to drive off but is unable to find the keys. Meanwhile, McManus is stabbed in the neck and as Keaton checks on him, he is shot in the back, which paralyzes him and brings us to the beginning of the movie. Back in the station, Kujan asks Verbal why he didn’t help his friends and he says he was too scared of Soze. Kujan then tells him that there were no drugs on the ship, but it was a witness who had knowledge of Soze, including who Soze really was. Kujan believes that Keaton was really Soze and tries to convince Verbal of that and turn state’s evidence but Verbal refuses and leaves, as his bail has been posted. After Verbal leaves, Kujan is talking with Sergeant Jeff Rabin about the situation and as he looks at the cork board behind Rabin, he realizes Verbal had lied to him, using names and elements from the cork board for his story. Kujan goes chasing after Verbal, just as a fax comes in from the hospital, with Verbal’s picture being listed as Keyser Soze. Outside, Verbal reveals that his disability was faked and he gets into a car that Kobayashi is driving and they drive off, leaving Kujan standing there frustrated at ebing unable to catch Verbal/Soze.

The Usual Suspects met with high praise from the critics, holding a certified fresh rating of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “Expertly shot and edited, The Usual Suspects gives the audience a simple plot and then piles on layers of deceit, twists, and violence before pulling out the rug from underneath.” The line-up scene was scripted as a serious scene, but after a full day of filming takes where the actors couldn’t keep a straight face, director Bryan Singer decided to use the funniest takes. A making-of documentary shows Singer becoming furious at the actors for the constant cracking-up. The movie was a modest hit at the box office, earning $34.4 million off of a $6 million budget and would win the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and while Kevin Spacey would win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

This is a great movie but I will admit that the ending was a little predictable. The acting was great, with Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, and Chazz Palminteri doing great jobs in the roles of Verbal/Soze, Keaton, and Kujan respectively. Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Pollack, and Benicio Del Toro were also good as McManus, Hockney, and Fenster while Pete Postlethwaite did a great job as Kobayashi. The story was interesting and I liked the concept of the mysterious puppet master pulling the strings for all of the events. However, I did think that it got predictable that Verbal was really Soze before the “big reveal”. I did like that they showed Kujan realizing that he had been played and chasing after him before the sketch of Verbal gets faxed in, as his reaction and the slow motion showing all of the names Verbal had used was revealed was definitely a good way to start the close of the movie. The drama was well choreographed and the special effects in the final fire fight and explosions were well done. This is definitely a solid thriller of a movie and one that everyone should watch at least once.

Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5

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December 14th, 2017 Movie – Superman Returns

superman returns

Ahh, another time where I had an opportunity to go see today’s movie and didn’t. This time, there wasn’t another movie that kept me from seeing it, but a whole lot of personal crap going on. Anyways, when this movie was first announced, I was actually a little bit excited to see it, as it had been a while since a Superman was in theaters and the recently rebooted Batman movie was really good. Unfortunately, I honestly never saw it in theaters and even when it came out on DVD, I never rented it. I would occasionally catch parts of it on TV every now and then but I didn’t get to see it completely until I got it for Christmas with the box set of the original movies. So let’s see how the new movie holds up as I watch Superman Returns.

The plot: On a stormy night, Lex Luthoris at the death bed of his wife, a wealthy old woman who helped get him out of prison. As soon as she finishes signing her will, leaving him everything, she dies and Luthor leaves the house with his associate Kitty Kowalski, who was acting as the maid. Travelling to the Arctic, Luthor, Kitty, and some of Luthor’s underlings travel to the Fortress of Solitude, where Luthor begins activating the crystals inside. Meanwhile, Martha Kent is at her home when she sees a meteor crash to the ground on her farm. Riding her truck out to investigate, she finds the burnt remains of a rocket and is surprised to see Clark there, who had been gone for 5 years since defeating General Zod, Ursa, and Non. In the morning, Martha asks Clark if he found what he was looking for but he says there was no sign of Krypton, which he had left Earth to find, and he feels more alone than before. Clark returns to Metropolis and Perry White is able to give him his job back due to another reporter having recently died. Clark tries to get himself situated and sees that Lois is on the launch of a space shuttle. Heading over to her desk, he sees that she won a Pulitzer Prize for her article entitled “Why The World Doesn’t Need Superman.”. He also sees that she has a son named Jason and is engaged to Richard White, Perry’s nephew. Luthor returns to his home with a crystal from the Fortress and has one of his underlings, Stanford, cut a sliver from the crystal, which he accidentally drops into the lake in Luthor’s model city. The crystal activates, and causes a blackout in the entire city, also affecting the 747 and the shuttle attached to it. The power comes quickly comes back on but it affected the clamps attaching the shuttle to the plane, causing them to malfunction so when the shuttle’s rockets ignite, the plane is still attached and is taken up into the upper atmosphere. Seeing the trouble occurring on TV, Clark quickly changes into Superman and flies off to help; severing the locks and helping guide the shuttle into orbit before heading down and preventing the plane from crashing, depositing it inside a baseball stadium. Ripping open the plane’s door, Superman asks if everyone is ok, then focuses his attention on Lois, who is staring at him in shock, before flying off. The world is abuzz with Superman’s return and Perry has all of his reporters focus on writing about him, upsetting Lois, who wants to focus on the mysterious blackout but Perry overrides her. As Perry and Lois argue, Clark is at his desk listening in when he is surprised by Jason, Lois’ son. Lois exits Perry’s office and speaks with Clark, then introduces him to Jason and Richard before they all head out. That night, Superman flies to Lois’ house and uses his X-ray vision to see her and Richard talking about him and her past relationship with him. The next day, Superman ends up stopping several crimes and saving some people, including Kitty in a runaway car, but Kitty’s rescue was meant as a distraction while Lex and his men rob the museum of a meteorite containing shards of Kryptonite. As Lois and Clark work on their stories through the night, Richard, Jason, and Jimmy Olsen go to get some food for them all. Lois takes the opportunity to go sneak a smoke on the roof when she is surprised to see Superman appear. Superman says he is there to answer any questions she might have and explains that he had left to go research rumors that Krypton had survived. He comments about her article and she said she wrote it as a way to move on from him and he takes her flying with him, explaining how he hears all the people’s cries for help and even though the world may not need him, he can’t help but try to help people. After taking Lois back to the Daily Planet and Lois heads downstairs to find Clark joining Richard, Jason, and Jimmy in eating the food that Richard had brought. The next day, Superman flies up to the Fortress of Solitude but discovers that several crystals were taken from the control matrix and he flies off to look for them. The next day, Perry congratulates Lois on her article and tells her to keep working on the Superman angle but Lois chooses to keep working on the blackout, tracking power grid surges to a house. Lois heads there with Jason and not getting any answer at the house, investigates the grounds and decides to head onto the yacht anchored in the back. As she looks around, she notices several toupees on stands and, realizing who owns the boat, tries to leave but runs into Luthor just as the boat leaves the harbor. As they head out to sea, Lois asks Luthor to let her go but Luthor refuses, then proceeds to explain his plan to Lois. Showing her the crystal, Luthor shows her a map of how the crystal will form a new continental mass in the ocean, which will proceed to wipe out the Eastern seaboard of the US due to the water displacement, with almost the entire US being destroyed before the continent finishes growing. Lois tells him that Superman will stip him but Luthor laughs, then shows her a tube of Kryptonite he has as a precaution against Superman. Suddenly, Luthor stares at Jason and asks Lois who his father is, thinking it might be Superman, but Lois tells him it is Richard and Jason has no reaction to the Kryptonite so Luthor leaves the room with Kitty, leaving one of his men to guard Lois and Jason. Back at the Daily Planet, Richard has no luck reaching Lois and he and Clark try using her computer to figure out where she might be. Back on the boat, Lois has Jason play the piano to distract the guard while she tries to send a fax to the Planet for help. On deck, Luthor places the crystal inside the tube of Kryptonite then launches it into the water, where the crystals begin growing and forming an island laced with Kryptonite. As the crystals cause another blackout and Lois tries to resend the fax when the power comes back on only to see the guard has pulled the plug on the fax machine. As the guard attacks Lois, Jason starts to hyperventilate and pushes away from the piano, which causes the piano to slam into the guard and crush him. As Lois stares in shock at Jason, two other guards enter the room and, seeing what happened, lock Lois and Jason in the pantry. They then tell Lex what happened, who asks about Jason before quickly boarding his helicopter and heading for the island. Back in Metropolis, the power comes back on and Jimmy notices the fax from Lois and shows it to Richard and Clark. Richard goes to get his seaplane so he can head out to rescue Lois while Clark quickly changes into Superman and flies off. As he heads to Lois, he notices the seabed breaking open and quickly flies back to Metropolis to deal with the the disasters that suddenly strike the city. As the new continent begins breaking through the surface of the water, Richard arrives on the boat and rescues Lois and Jason but the boat is suddenly pierced by one of the rock crystals and is lifted into the air before breaking apart and falling into the sea. As the three struggle to stay above water in the sinking ship, the pantry door slams into Lois, knocking her unconscious while sealing them in the pantry as the boat sinks. Superman arrives and lifts the damaged ship out of the water, then opens the door and rescues them. Taking them back to their plane, Superman helps them to take off, then heads to the continent to confront Luthor. As Superman approaches Luthor, Luthor suddenly punches him and knocks him down the rock formation. In the plane, Lois comes too and when she learns that Superman saved them before heading to the continent, she tells Richard to turn back as they have to save him. Back on the continent, Luthor mocks Superman about lacing the place with Kryptonite, then proceeds to beat him before letting his men proceed to beat him up. After a while, Luthor grabs a shard of pure Kryptonite and stabs Superman in the back with it, then snaps it off inside him. Superman staggers to his feet but eventually falls off the cliff into the ocean below. Richard’s plane shows up and Jason spots Superman in the water and points him out to Lois and they quickly land the plane, with Lois jumping into the water to save Superman. Richard helps Lois get him in the plane and as he works on taking off, Lois removes the Kryptonite from Superman’s body and quickly throws it out of the plane. Superman regains consciousness and after thanking them, he opens the door and says goodbye to Lois before leaving. Superman flies up into the sky, recharging his powers from the sunlight, and then flies down, using his heat vision to burrow down into the earth beneath the continent, then starts lifting it up. On the continent, Luthor feels the tremors and tells Kitty and his men to quickly get to the chopper (I couldn’t resist). As the continent starts crumbling around them, Luthor’s men are killed but Luthor and Kitty manage to get into the helicopter and start the engines. Before they take off, Kitty quickly drops the remaining crystals onto the island and Luthor tries to grab them but sees the ground splitting open and quickly leaves. Superman proceeds to lift the land mass out of the ocean and flies it into space but, weakened from the Kryptonite exposure, he loses consciousness and plummets back to earth, crashing into a park in Metropolis. Superman is taken to a hospital, where the doctors try to revive him but he falls into a coma. As Perry and Richard debate on what headline to use for the paper, they notice Lois sitting at her desk and Richard approaches her and offers to drive her to the hospital. Unable to park due to the crowd of people standing in vigil outside the hospital, Lois gets out and walks, with Jason accompanying her. They are escorted to Superman’s room and Lois goes up to Superman and, after staring at him for a bit, says she meant to tell him something, then proceeds to whisper in his ear. As Lois and Jason leave the hospital, they don’t notice Martha Kent standing among the crowd watching the hospital. Meanwhile, Luthor and Kitty find themselves stranded on a small, deserted island as their helicopter has run out of gas. That night, a nurse goes to check on Superman and quickly sounds an alarm when she finds his bed is empty. At her house, Lois is working on writing a new article titled “Why The World Needs Superman.” Meanwhile, Superman is up in Jason’s room, staring at the sleeping boy, and says the same words to him that Jor-El said to him years ago, as the secret Lois whispered is that Jason is his son. As he leaves, Jason wakes up and says goodbye, just as Lois had gone outside to smoke. Lois asks Superman if they will see him around and Superman says he will always be around, then says good night before flying up into the sky.

Superman Returns met with positive reviews from the critics, holding a certified fresh rating of 76% on Rotten Tomatoes, though several critics have since commented negatively regarding the length of the film. The critical consensus on the site is, “Bryan Singer’s reverent and visually decadent adaptation gives the Man of Steel welcome emotional complexity. The result: a satisfying stick-to-your-ribs adaptation.” Years before this movie came out, Warner Bros. made another attempt at a Superman film, with Tim Burton directing and Nicolas Cage playing Superman, but three weeks before they started filming, Warner Bros. forced the film into cancellation due to the poor performance of Batman & Robin. The movie was a box office success, earning $391.1 million off of a $$223 million budget, and a sequel was planned but Warner Bros., not happy with the poor worldwide gross, cancelled it and the franchise would later be rebooted as part of the new DCEU series with Man Of Steel.

You know, I like Bryan Singer as he has made a lot of good movies, but I will never forgive him for making this movie, as he ended up breaking his deal with Fox to make this, allowing Brett Ratner to absolutely ruin the Dark Phoenix story line in X-Men: The Last Stand. But that is a story for another day. As for Superman Returns, this was a decent movie but it really dragged out for way too long. The acting was good, with Brandon Routh doing a really good job as Clark/Superman, making a good enough difference between the two characters while giving each one their own personality. The story was pretty good, basically ignoring the last two movies (which is what most people try to do), and following after the events of the 2nd movie, but also helping keep it someone more modern. The only bad thing though is that they put so much into the story that it ended up being longer than really necessary. They could have cut a few of the non essential scenes without losing anything from the story and it would have been a lot shorter. The special effects were pretty good, with one or two over-the-top scenes but overall, they did the job in making the movie exciting to watch. It is long but still a good movie to watch and a worthy successor to Richard Donner’s original entries into the franchise.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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July 25th, 2017 Movie – Seven


1995 was a time for some fairly memorable movies to come out, and man did I enjoy watching them. Today’s movie was one that I first had the opportunity to watch during a movie night at college, but ended up falling asleep. That was an interesting night as they were showing both today’s movie and 12 Monkeys and I fall asleep after Gluttony body is found and wake up to a bunch of animals running around a city with no clue what had happened. So when this came available to rent, I immediately rented it so I could find out what exactly happened. I always thought it was a good movie but never got around to buying it on DVD. When my brother was getting rid of his DVD’s and offered some of them to me, I saw that he had this one so I immediately decided to grab it. Now let’s see if it is as good as I can remember as I watch today’s movie, Seven.

The plot: At the scene of a murder, retiring detective William Somerset is examining the scene when his new partner, Detective David Mills, arrives and introduces himself. As they leave the scene, Somerset questions Mills as to why he chose to transfer to that particular city before they part ways. On Monday, Somerset and Mills arrive at the scene of an obese man who was found dead in his kitchen. As they examine the scene, they find the man’s hands and feet were bound and a bucket was under the table, collecting the man’s vomit. When Mills keeps talking nonstop, Somerset tells him to go help the officers ask the neighbors if they heard anything, which upsets Mills. At the morgue, the medical examiner tells Somerset and Mills that the man was forced to eat constantly until his stomach ruptured, with bruises on his head indicating a gun was pressed against it to force him into eating. Meeting with the captain, Somerset asks to be reassigned, as he feels like this is only the beginning and he doesn’t want this to be his last case. When he also asks that Mills be reassigned, as he doesn’t want this to be his first case, Mills objects and says he will work the case alone if Somerset doesn’t want to. The captain tells Somerset that he will keep working the dead man’s case, while sending Mills to investigate the death of a defense attorney. Mills arrives at the law firm, ignoring reporters’ questions as he heads up to the scene of the crime, where he finds the word Greed written in blood. Meanwhile, Somerset returns to the dead man’s apartment, after he had been given some pieces of wood that were in the dead man’s stomach. Examining the fridge, Somerset notices scratches in the floor in front of it and moves the fridge to find the word Gluttony written behind the fridge as well as a note. Back at the precinct, Somerset explains to the captain and Mills that the crimes are related and seemed patterned after the seven deadly sins. Somerset then tells them that they can expect 5 more murders before he walks away, saying he can’t be a part of this case. Somerset heads to the library and does some research on the seven sins, leaving a note for Mills to follow up on. The next day, as Mills is getting settled into his new desk (which was Somerset’s old office), his wife Tracy calls and invites Somerset over for dinner. After dinner, Somerset and Mills go over the photos of the attorney’s death and after seeing the picture of the attorney’s wife with blood around her eyes to make a pair of glasses, they decide to go ask her to look through the pictures to see if she sees anything missing or different. When the wife says one of the pictures is upside down, the two men go back to the office to examine the painting and discover fingerprints on the wall that spell out “Help Me.” When they run the prints, they match a known drug dealer and child molester so the SWAT team accompanies Somerset and Mills to his last known address. Breaking into the man’s apartment, they find hundreds of air fresheners hanging from the ceiling and the emaciated body of the man strapped to his bed. Mills finds photos of that the killer took of the man, showing he had been held captive there for a year, when the man suddenly starts breathing and thrashing on the bed and they have him rushed to a hospital. That night, Tracy calls Somerset and asks if they can meet in the morning to talk. Meeting at a diner, Tracy tells him that she is pregnant but she hasn’t told Mills yet as she hates the city and doesn’t want to raise a child there. As Somerset and Mills discuss the case at the precinct, Somerset gets an idea and has Mills accompany him to the library, where he prints a list of all the books that have to deal with the seven deadly sins. They then head to a diner, where Somerset hands the list to a contact at the FBI and he explains to Mills that the FBI would be able to find out who had been checking out some of those books, as well as books about murder and crime scenes in order to come up with some possible suspects. When they get a name, they head to the apartment of a man called John Doe but as they knock on the door, they notice a man approaching at the far end of the hallway. The man suddenly starts firing at them and Mills gives chase throughout the apartment and out into the street but John Doe gets the drop on him and holds a gun to Mills’ head, but lets him live and escapes as Somerset shows up. Heading back to the apartment, Mills wants to go in and look but Somerset tries to talk him out of it, as the way they found him was not technically legal, but Mills kicks the door open anyway, then bribes a woman to lie to the police in order to justify their being there. Heading inside, Mills finds several pictures, including one of him, and realizes that they had seen the killer earlier at the drug dealers’ apartment, posing as a reporter. When they hear a phone ring, Mills answers it and the killer congratulates them on finding him but says he will have to step up his time table. Seeing a picture of a blonde woman, they have some cops try to locate her before it is too late, while they head to an S&M shop, where John Doe had apparently purchased a custom item. When the girl is found, they find that she is dead, as a man was forced to rape her with a bladed codpiece, which ended up traumatizing the man. The next day, 911 receives a call from John Doe and Somerset and Mills arrive to find the fifth victim, a woman whose face had been slashed up and had a phone glued to one hand and a bottle of sleeping pills glued to the other; giving her a choice of living with a disfigured face or ending her own life. When the two return to the precinct, they are surprised to see John Doe arrive and turn himself in, demanding to see his lawyer. As John Doe speaks with his lawyer, Mills and Somerset learn that John Doe had been cutting the skin off of his fingertips for years in order to keep from leaving any prints. The lawyer meets with the detectives, the captain, and the D.A. and tells them John Doe’s demands. He says that he will take Mills and Somerset to the location of the last two bodies and sign a full confession of what he did but if they don’t do exactly what he says, he will plead insanity to everything. Somerset and Mills get in the car with John Doe and he directs them to a field outside of the city, discussing the people he killed along the way as a police helicopter follows them. When they arrive at the field, John Doe has them walk out to the field when Somerset notices a van coming down the road towards them and goes to intercept it. He discovers that it is a delivery van with a package for Mills that John Doe had arranged to send to their location at that time. When Somerset opens the box, he recoils in horror, then tells everyone to stay away before he runs back towards Mills, yelling at him to put his gun down. John Doe starts talking to Mills and telling him how much he envied his life and how he went to his home and tried to imitate it with Tracy but it didn’t take so he killed her and took her head as a trophy. When Somerset reaches them, Mills asks what is in the box while Somerset tries to get him to put his gun down. When John Doe tells Mills that Tracy begged for her life as well as her unborn baby’s life. Mills becomes grief stricken and ends up shooting John Doe, becoming Wrath like John Doe intended. Mills is taken away and the captain tells Somerset that they will do all they can to take care of him, and when he asks where Somerset will be, Somerset tells him he will be around as he walks away.

Seven met with positive results from the critics, holding an 80% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “A brutal, relentlessly grimy shocker with taut performances, slick gore effects, and a haunting finale.” While filming the scene of Mills chasing after John Doe, Brad Pitt really did injure himself when he fell and his arm went through a windshield, requiring surgery, and the injury was worked into the movie. Denzel Washington and Sylvester Stallone were offered the role of Mills, while Al Pacino was offered the role of Somerset, but they all declined for various reasons and have sense admitted that they regret turning down the roles. The movie was a big hit at the box office, earning $327.3 million off of a $33 million budget.

If you want a dark and gritty movie, than this is the one for you. This is a fantastic movie to watch. The acting was fantastic, with Morgan Freeman (Somerset), Brad Pitt (Mills), and Kevin Spacey (John Doe) were absolutely incredible in this movie, while Gwyneth Paltrow was pretty much the only bright spot in the movie, somewhat literally with her blonde hair, in her portrayal of Tracy. The story was incredible and did a good job of painting a rather bleak outlook on life. The drama and tension involved in the movie did a great job in drawing the audience in and getting them invested in the outcome. I have to admit that even though I knew it was coming, I still jumped when the drug dealer started moving on the bed. A great movie to watch, especially on a dark, stormy night.

Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5