A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Though justice is said to be "worth fighting for," the world is so bleak and full of horror that this doesn't seem believable.
Positive Role Models
Though Seven aims to show that all people are capable of great sin, Detective Somerset is level-headed, wise, and kind.
Violence & Scariness
The gory aftermath (and allusions to) horrific torture and murder. Gunshots. Off-screen murder. Rape.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to prostitution, sex.
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Lots of swearing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this film contains graphic depictions of the aftermath of grisly murders involving the seven deadly sins. While none of this takes place on-screen, the vivid descriptions prove to be nearly as chilling. For example, an obese man is forced to eat until his stomach bursts. A man is forced to kill a prostitute by stabbing her reproductive organs with an 8-inch knife. A beauty queen's face is cut off. A lawyer must cut out his own stomach. A police officer's pregnant wife is beheaded. In the end, the line between good and evil is blurred, with evil more or less coming out on top. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Dark, disturbing and occasionally gory, Seven is a psychological thriller that, along with Chinatown, is among the bleakest films in mainstream cinema history.
The murders are not shown on screen, but the film has a morbid fascination with the pain inflicted on the victims. And it depicts a dark universe, where the lines between good and evil are blurred. There's no question that it aims to be more philosophical than other detective/horror films (namely The Silence of the Lambs). Attempts at deeper meaning might be pretentious or profound, depending on how serious you can take Brad Pitt as an actor.
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