What’s it about?
J&K: It’s a thriller about a serial (not cereal!) killer whose murders are inspired by the seven deadly sins. The two homicide detectives who are trying to solve the case are played by Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt. They try to close in on the murderer and try to understand how he works and why he’s doing what he’s doing, yet they find that they are always a step behind. Every murder contains a clue to the next one that is about to happen and even when they think they’re getting closer, they are actually even more tangled in the murderers web. These horrific murders have been carefully orchestrated and prepared for years in the making as one of the victims was found exactly a year after he was subjected to torment. Even when the murderer, played by Kevin Spacey, gives himself up and the detectives think they have won the day… they are sadly mistaken and are actually pawns in a larger game of chess that is unravelling.
How did you hear about it?
J: It was just on TV one day and some people in my surroundings said it was a good movie so I then watched it and many years later I bought the DVD when I came across it in the store and re-watched it again thereafter.
K: I hadn’t even heard about it until, again, Joeri mentioned it. He seems to bring me into this big wide world of movies that I’ve never had the chance of seeing or even knew existed before! There are still many many movies that I have yet to see, so I’m glad to add this one to the list.
How is the movie appealing?
J: There’s some really good acting in the movie Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey really put down a solid performance. It shows a side of humanity that’s very dark and morbid, we’d often rather ignore this side in our society but even though not this extreme it’s still present. The twist at the end is like a slap in the face.
K: I know I’ve said before about science fiction and all that, but I have a very weak point when it comes to crime and investigations into them. It make me really think about what’s going on in the story and how it’s developing the characters. I really like this one because of the focus on the seven deadly sins…when you think you know all the information, they throw you through a loop you never expected. That’s what I love about it.
Plus…who doesn’t love Morgan Freeman’s voice?!?
Would you recommend it to anyone?
J: I would since this is a good sample of decent storytelling, even though this isn’t the classic end it is the end this movie NEEDS. The entire movie leaves you sitting at the tip of your chair, the suspense is nicely being built up and even when you think it’s over BAM! some more right towards you. Also if you want to know when people randomly yell “What’s in the box?” in their best Brad Pitt voice and what that is all about, you will finally be in on the joke you never got before.
K: For anyone with a weakness for crime and thrillers, this is a good one to watch if you haven’t already! I definitely recommend it and even if you’re not sure about it, just do it anyway! You may be pleasantly surprised.