Dark, disturbing. *Not* the feel-good movie of 1995.Yikes.
Detective Mills (Brad Pitt) is new to the police force, a cop who joins the Detective Somerset's (Morgan Freeman) investigation of a serial killer. The killer's offing people in a way that corresponds to the seven deadly sins, all particularly gruesome. Mills and Somerset have to figure everything out before he reaches the end of the list.
This movie is DARK. Dark. Even when a room is brightly lit, it's still covered in shadows. It rains all the time, day and night. I can't stress how dark it is, both in look and tone. It's actually a very disturbing film to watch. One person is killed by Gluttony. He's tied up and forced to eat himself to death. The man is huge, beyond obese. It's like that for each crime, each sin. One victim loses a pound of flesh. Another is vain, and is disfigured, then offered a choice of sleeping pills or a chance to call for help. Another's tied to bed for a year. It's grisly and disturbing, but each punishment fits the sin. Mills and Somerset want to know why.
This movie's a thriller. Not in the sense of scary music, things-jumping-out-at-you kind of thriller, but an intelligent, thinking thriller. I was reminded a lot of "The Silence Of The Lambs." It's quite intense, quite disturbing. It could've been snuff, but the story is helped by the actors.
Morgan Freeman is, quite simply, the man. Even in crap like Chain Reaction and Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, he rises above it and delivers. This is no exception, but he's augmented by a powerful script. He, in turn, helps it. Pitt surprised me here. He's hardly a prettyboy. He's got a screwed up haircut, but damn, can he act. And the serial killer, who shows up with only a half hour to go, is outstanding. If you don't know who it is, I'm not gonna tell you. That's the movie's ace in the hole.
Anyway. See this movie. If you're into psychological thrillers, odds are you've seen it.