Se7en ★★★★

This was really engaging and undeniably influential on so many contemporary crime shows and films. I thought about Saw frequently while watching this -- more than usual, anyway. Most films I've seen that make such frequent and overt references to classic literature come across as pretentious, but this film is anything but. It has some very brutal moments, but the word that immediately comes to mind when describing Se7en is fun. I don't mean this in a derogatory way, but this feels like the ultimate popcorn movie to me. There is a deeper layer to it, and the narrative is fairly complicated, but I feel like you can just sit back and casually watch this and still be fairly entertained. Some of the dialogue was a little hokey and the subplot with Gwyneth Paltrow's dilemma seemed a bit extraneous, but like I said, this was still a lot of fun.

Rating: 71/100

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