Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Gwyneth Paltrow
Directed By :
David Fincher

My three favorite actors are Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman, and Brad Pitt. When I found out this movie had both Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, I was already excited. But all the while, I couldn't help but sit and wish that Kevin Spacey were here . . . sigh . . . but then he was. The cast in this movie is top notch. That's the first thing I need to mention. What follows is a series of phrases usually designed for movies that win Oscars.

This is one of the best movies I've ever seen. It is by no means a family-friendly movie, with gruesome murders at every turn and a very gritty filming style, accented just perfectly with enough stubble on all the actor' s faces to show just how gritty it is. The director doesn't try to preach at you. However, he DOES let the killer preach at you, which is cool, because at the very least he gets arrested even if you don't agree with it.

Brad Pitt is great. He's always so cool. He has the ability to make all the ladies want him, much like Leonardo DiCaprio did, but he's the only man in Hollywood who can, at the same time, make all the guys wish they WERE him. I'm really extraordinarily jealous that I'm not Brad Pitt. In this movie, he' s married to Gwyneth Paltrow, but that's really just a way of showing that he's a young, inexperienced newlywed detective, and he has yet to gather all his wits. However, instead of letting Morgan Freeman show him the ropes by making life hard on him, the two simply go along and try to solve this case together, with a good deal of respect for one another. But when the end of the movie hits, you discover just how well set up it was, because you really weren't even thinking about what might happen until it does, and by then it' s too late. You've been shocked with possibly the greatest ending in movie history.

I don't normally like movies with this kind of grit, let me guarantee you that. 8MM, with Nicolas Cage, just sent shivers down my spine. But this, on the other hand, was perfectly acted, perfectly told, and perfectly set up. There isn't a dull moment in the movie, which is especially impressive because it's not an action film by any means.

Kevin Spacey plays the murderer, planning seven murders, one for each of the seven deadly sins. He basically decides to exact God's judgment by his own hand. A smart serial killer he is, and everything goes according to his plan, right down to the end of the movie. It's just plain creepy, because it could happen, which is why I never want to be a police officer. I'd have to deal with stuff like this.

Morgan Freeman plays the old cop nearing his retirement. He's a departure from other movie characters in that circumstance (in other movies) that never seem to care about anything. On the contrary, Freeman cares very much, which makes you care about him. Brad Pitt is so happy, though, and that's what makes this movie so hard to swallow. He's getting his first taste of what the rest of his life might be like, and to be honest, it really sucks.

It's hard to review this movie because I don't want to give the ending away. But that's what makes it such a superb movie. Go see it.

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