The Fear of God: Seven

31 Oct

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss David Fincher’s Seven. 

2 Responses to “The Fear of God: Seven”

  1. Leonca November 2, 2017 at 9:35 pm #

    I’m very surprised at this being number one. I don’t seem to remember hearing much talk about it compared to the others in the top ten.

    Does it ever feel like these particularly graphic films are contradicting themselves in terms of trying to deliver a deep message? Are they hoping to attract viewers with a philosophical story, or the latest trend in creative gore? Not that you can’t have both, but it would explain why many Christians have a hard time taking the genre seriously.

  2. Reed November 5, 2017 at 1:59 pm #

    It’s a fascinating question, to be sure. My immediate response is to reflect upon the purpose of tragedy storytelling. Why tell stories with tragic endings? Why delve into dark subject matter at all? I think there is something of a catharsis to opening up really scary boxes (no pun intended related to the film). There is also the potential for great wisdom to be found in cautionary tales or stories of devastation. We could tell a story whose moral is “Never lose hope” by either telling a story where someone is rewarded for not giving up hope or where someone receives dreadful consequences for giving up hope. There are at least two sides of approach to any moral, hopeful or otherwise I believe. But I do think many people consider the journey through the deep, dark wood to undermine the hope too much to remain effective. I disagree with if, but I understand that perspective.

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