a reply to: Ujwaleshwar123456789
Se7en was a serial killer thriller, told from the perspective of the detectives, and with a focus on suspense. It followed the procedural and
existential elements of the subject matter at hand, rather than focusing on the visceral brutality of the crimes being committed. If you pay close
attention to the content of each scene, the focus in Se7en is on suggestion, one does not see the murders in all their grisly detail. One sees the
after effects, the crime scenes, or the immediate precursors to the murders, but one does not generally see someone vivisected before their eyes.
With Saw, that franchise had a totally different aim. It sought to bring images of people removing their own limbs to the screen, dying in horrific
circumstances with none of the raw brutality of a violent death left to the imagination. It is not a thriller franchise, but a group of movies which,
rather than keeping a person in suspense, and leaving them to imagine the horrors being inflicted upon the characters, had the aim of being some of
the most brutally graphic movies bought to the mainstream movie world.
Also, Se7en and Saw differ massively in another crucial aspect. In the Saw movies, one never for a moment imagines that there is an equal battle of
wits at play, between the characters who are under assault from the villain, and his victims. The whole set up of the psychological space in which the
movies play out, is one in which the villain is near unassailable in his mastery of his victims, and no genuine hope can be said to be fostered in the
viewer, that the villain will be defeated.
In Se7en however, the villain is merely a murderer being pursued by clearly capable, and highly motivated professional law enforcers, detectives,
trained to deal with such matters, and bring their perpetrators to justice. The balance of forces at play is far more finely attuned, and the
possibilities for the success of the protagonists in their quest to end the horrific behaviour of the villain are far more even, when compared
alongside the possibility of the villain taking out the protagonists, or evading capture altogether.
Another way to look at it, is that Se7en is a film which works on ones mind as much as it does the eyes, but Saw is not a psychological thriller,
because it does not act on ones mind to the same degree. Yes, it is disturbing, but it is the graphic nature of the deaths and torturous treatment of
the protagonists in that movie, which are disturbing, not the parts of the tale left to the imagination, as was the case with Se7en.