"Good, for what it is. But not quite what I hoped."
Hey, Se7en was a hit, so let's do some more dark and depressing movies! Get Joel Schumacher to do one! BANG: First Mistake.The reason Se7en was a hit was because it was like this giant anomaly. It had, without a doubt, the most depressing ending in the world, and the violence was truly creative. But you know why that was? Because David Fincher and Brad Pitt REFUSED to do a toned-down version of the screenplay they originally read. They said: We do this one, or we don't do it at all. So they did it the way it was meant to be done, and it was all the better because of it.
If Andrew Kevin Walker thought that the same thing would happen on his next movie, he was either delusional or just plain fucking nuts. Joel Schumacher is the biggest fucking studio toady in the business. The Batman franchise too dark for ya? Give it to him! Got a dark movie? Give it to him, and he'll put a cute baby and Joaquin Phoenix in it! And, I'm sorry, but I just CAN'T find James Gandolfini threatening in the least. He's WAY too cute. He's like a giant teddy bear.
Nicolas Cage is a private detective who finds a snuff movie, and then he somehow finds the filmmakers, the actors, the mother of the dead girl, and the boom mike operator and the gaffer. He finds a lot of people. Shit. I can barely find the bathroom, some nights. Nicolas Cage, he got SKILLZ. He also has the same facial expression throughout the film.
So, in the end, what we have is a good studio movie, but if you're going in there expecting something shocking, you're not going to get it. Look at Se7en as a movie that slipped through the cracks, and whose kind you'll never see again.Ooooh, pornography is mysterious and frightening! Try telling that to anyone who's seen a Ron Jeremy film.