“There are seven deadly sins, captain. Gluttony. Greed. Sloth, wrath, pride, lust and envy. You can expect five more of these.”
Welcome to Harbour Highlights, a monthly series of cult and classic films handpicked by the Harbour Lights team.
This month, front of house assistant Malachi is taking us back to one of the best – and earliest – films from one of the most acclaimed directors working today: David Fincher’s Se7en. Although Fincher’s film debut came with the much-maligned (but now more appreciated) Alien³ in 1992, it was with 1995’s Se7en that the future director of Fight Club and The Social Network really made his mark.
Fincher took the dark, nihilistic tone of his Alien entry and applied it to Andrew Kevin Walker’s screenplay, whose hook – a serial killer who models his kills on each of the deadly sins – could easily have become something cheap and lurid, especially in an era of studios chasing the Silence of the Lambs money.
But with Walker’s intelligent script, Fincher’s meticulous visuals stylings and two powerhouse performances from Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, the film became a critically-acclaimed classic – a thriller that never let up on the tension, drama and set pieces associated with the genre but did so with an unnerving tone, a black wit and incredible style. Fincher’s reputation as a visionary filmmaker began here – which makes it all the more rewarding to revisit back on the big screen.
Tickets only £8 / £5 Members.