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David Fincher, 1995

This is David Fincher’s masterpiece, to me at least. I know some people could argue about Fight Club being his best, but this is better by a long shot. Watching it just a little while ago again reminded me of how great then movie actually is. I still remember when I saw it for the first time and I thought it was my favorite movie ever. A few re-watches changed that a bit, but I still love it and consider one of the best movies ever made.

I loved Fincher’s earlier style in his movies. His style has changed quite a bit since Se7en, though, seeing that he completely lost it with the Curious Case of Benjamin Button. As far as his style goes, he used the perfect amount in this with no over-doing it. Unlike Fight Club, which I felt heavily relied on Fincher’s style to pull it through and make it as memorable as it today. It still worked with Fight Club, though he did overdo it quite a bit throughout the movie.

I’m not really religious at all, so I didn’t quite understand what all the different sins were. Even after seeing it many times now, but then again, it doesn’t quite get into what they mean in the movie. The tension that Fincher made in the movie is amazing, though. It’s a top quality thriller and it’s pretty tense throughout. The whole movie teases you with tension, though, because it’s not until the ending where it really gets you pumping. The tension throughout the rest of movie doesn’t really last all that long.

I know some people look at Brad Pitt as a bad actor, but I just don’t see it. I think the fact about how popular he is among people clouds the fact that he is a great actor. This is pretty much his breakthrough role, too, and it’s what got him known amongst everyone. It shows as well, especially during the incredibly tense ending. I know some people say that he reacted odd about what just happened, but I thought he reacted perfectly. I don’t know for sure, though, because I wouldn’t know what it’s like to be in that situation. I hope I never have to be in that situation. Kevin Spacey is absolutely perfect as John Doe. He’s incredibly intimidating, and one of the best performances ever. John Doe is one of my favorite antagonists in any movie just because of Spacey. Morgan Freeman is pretty great as well, like most movies he’s in for that matter. He’s completely overshadowed by Pitt and Spacey, though.

The whole movie hooks you in and, even after viewing after many times like I have, it’s incredibly hard to pause it just to go use the restroom while watching it. Of course the movie doesn’t let you down either with some crappy ending. Instead it has one of the best and most well-crafted endings I’ve ever seen in a movie before. Fincher’s style helped a lot, too, especially with not actually showing you what was in the box. Besides it may have the ending too graphic if they did show you.

I guess I don’t really have to recommend you to see this, because I’m sure most people who love movies would have seen this by now. It’s incredibly amazing, and will make it in my top 20 whenever I get around to posting my top 100. You just have to see it to understand. Even if you have seen it before, just go watch it again.