Se7en script
Se7en (1995)
Synopsis: When retiring police Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) tackles a final case with the aid of newly transferred David Mills (Brad Pitt), they discover a number of elaborate and grizzly murders. They soon realize they are dealing with a serial killer (Kevin Spacey) who is targeting people he thinks represent one of the seven deadly sins. Somerset also befriends Mills' wife, Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow), who is pregnant and afraid to raise her child in the crime-riddled city.

INT. OLD HOUSE -- DAY

Sunlight comes through the soot on the windows, more brown than

bright. SOMERSET, 45, stands in one corner of this small,

second-story room. He looks over the ceiling, looks down at the

worn wooden floors, looks at the peeling wallpaper.

He walks to the center of the room, continues his study, taking

his time. He halts, turns to one wall where the current

wallpaper is torn away to reveal flowery wallpaper underneath.

Somerset goes to this wall and runs his finger across one of the

pale, red roses which decorates the older paper. He pushes the

grime away, brings the rose out more clearly.

He reaches into his suit pocket and takes out a switchblade. He

flips the thin, lethal blade free. Working deliberately,

delicately, Somerset cuts a square around the rose, then peels

the square of dry wallpaper away from the wall. He studies it in

his hand.

EXT. OLD HOUSE -- DAY

Somerset stands in front of the old home. He looks out at the

surrounding farms and forests. He ponders something. Birds

sing.

MAN (O.S.)

Is something wrong?

Somerset does not respond, just stares off. The MAN, 34, wears a

real-estate broker's jacket and stands beside a FOR SALE sign in

the muddy lawn.

MAN:

Is there something the matter?

Somerset turns to face the man, then looks back at the house.

SOMERSET:

No. No... it's just that everything here

seems... so strange.

MAN:

Strange? There's nothing strange about

this place. The house'll need a little

fixing up, that's for sure...

SOMERSET:

No. I like the house, and this place.

MAN:

I was about to say. Cause this place is

about as normal as places get.

Somerset nods, taking a deep breath. He smiles.

SOMERSET:

That's what I mean. Strange.

Somerset looks back to the beautiful landscape. The man does not

understand.

INT. AMTRACK TRAIN -- LATER DAY

Somerset is in the window seat, looking out the window of the

speeding train, smoking a cigarette. He is near the back of the

car, away from the few other passengers.

Outside, farms, fields, small homes and lawns rush by. The

panorama is dappled by the rays of the soon to be setting sun.

INT. AMTRACK TRAIN -- LATER DAY

The train is almost full, moving slower. Somerset has his

suitcase on the aisle seat beside him. He holds a hardcover book

unopened on his lap. He still stares out the window, but his

face is tense. The train is passing an ugly, swampy field. The

sun has gone under.

Though it seems impossible it ever could have gotten there, a

car's burnt-out skeleton sits rusting in the bracken.

Ahead, the city waits. The sky is full of smokestacks and huge

industrial cranes.

INT. AMTRACK TRAIN -- LATER DAY

The train is passing urban streets below. Slums and smashed

cars. People stand in groups in the corners. Bleak.

Somerset's suitcase is now on the window seat. Somerset has

moved to the aisle. He is reading his book. He looks up from

the book and rubs his eyes, then looks back to continue reading,

not once looking out the window.

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Andrew Kevin Walker

Andrew Kevin Walker (born August 14, 1964) is an American BAFTA-nominated screenwriter. He is known for having written Seven (1995), for which he earned a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay, as well as several other films, including 8mm (1999), Sleepy Hollow (1999) and many uncredited script rewrites. more…

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