Written by Mr. Mouseburger 4th Nov 2006
Kindly submitted by Damien
After intense investigation of a series of grisly murders, each themed after one of the Seven Deadly Sins, police detectives William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) and David Mills (Brad Pitt) receive a shock when the killer, John Doe (Kevin Spacey), deliberately walks into the police station covered in blood and turns himself in, having committed only five of the list of seven murders.
During his police interrogation, Doe claims the final two victims, Envy and Wrath, are still alive, but have been hidden someplace where the police will never find them. He then offers to show the police where they are, but only if Mills and Somerset are the only two ground officers accompanying him. Somerset immediately senses it could be a trap, but the police have no choice if they want to save two innocent people.
Doe directs Mills and Somerset out of the city, into a barren stretch of desert. As they search the area, a delivery truck pulls up and hands Somerset a package. In a gruesome twist, the package contains the severed head of Mills' pregnant wife Tracy. Doe explains that, before turning himself in, he went to Mills' apartment out of a desire to live like him and jealously took Tracy's life for himself and so, he is therefore guilty of the sin of Envy. Detective Mills is faced with a difficult decision: if he takes his revenge on Doe, he will become the embodiment of Wrath, and John Doe's "masterpiece" will be completed. Doe offers himself up like a martyr for a cause in which only he believes and awaits the inevitable. Ultimately, he wins out, and despite Somerset's appeals to Mills' conscience and reason, Doe is shot to death by the distraught detective.