Tonight we’re showing David Fincher’s “Se7en” at 7 p.m. CT (that’s 8 p.m. ET, but it didn’t read as nicely). Whatever time zone you’re in, you should tune in to watch this dark twisted thriller about a serial killer who justifies killing his victims because they’ve been breaking the seven deadly sins and totally deserve it. You Catholic school kids out there will know that means murders based on greed, pride, lust, gluttony, sloth, envy and wrath. That’s a lot of high-concept killing, but don’t worry, the best detective team is on the job: newbie cop Brad Pitt and seen-it-all detective Morgan Freeman. While the plot could easily become a corny conceit ripped from some lazy slasher flick, Fincher’s touch is all over “Se7en,” elevating the horror film/police procedural to a sleekly dark morality play that will have you riveted to the screen.
Need more reasons to tune in? Here are seven reasons to watch “Se7en” tonight:
1. Morgan Freeman
Freeman is at his finest when he plays Detective Lt. William Somerset, a cop on the brink of retirement. He’s an old-school cop with a fedora and a switchblade who doesn’t have time for his new partner’s short-tempered shenanigans. Even though he’s on his way out, he’s a cop through and through and can’t but get wrapped up in the serial killer investigation. And you’ll get chills when he quotes Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls: “‘The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.’ I agree with the second part.”
2. Brad Pitt
As a fresh-faced cop with a quick temper and a loving wife, Pitt does an excellent job as the new cop trying to make a name for himself in the big city.
3. David Fincher
With both “Zodiac” and “Fight Club” under his belt, Fincher knows how to bring dark intensity to his films. So when he tackles a brutal serial killer you know it’s going to be good. Also maybe rain a lot.
4. Gwyneth Paltrow
What’s in the box? What’s in the box?
5. Kevin Spacey
No spoilers, but Spacey delivers yet another amazing performance that will leave you guessing until the last minute. It’s like he does this professionally or something.
6. Mark Boone Jr.
While Boone may only be in the movie long enough to be credited as “Greasy FBI Agent” that is all he needs to be memorable. The actor, perhaps better known for his role as Bobby Elvis Munson on “Sons of Anarchy” knows how to make a lasting impression.
7. Charles S. Dutton
This role is an uncredited performance for Dutton, but he and the director Fincher worked together on “Alien 3” and it’s nice to think that these two are friends and go out for beers and grizzled conversation together. Also, we’re showing “Mimic” later and you’ll want to keep an eye out for Dutton in that.
“Se7en” airs tonight on IFC at 8/7c