The film follows Detective Lt. William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) and Detective David Mills (Brad Pitt) in their quest to find a killer who orchestrates a series of horrifying murders modeled after the Seven Deadly Sins. The detectives navigate through physical spaces for the entire film – dark hallways and alleyways, disorganized rooms and offices, crowded buildings and eateries – and as a result, much of the film takes place indoors in confined spaces. It’s interesting to note, then, that the climax of the film shifts from an indoor setting to an outdoor setting.
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The opening shot of the film is a wide image of a hotel room that introduces Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) and Sam Loomis (John Gavin) to the audience; we are essentially intruding voyeurs peeping into their private space from a distance
<i>The film presents us with a dark and twisted world with distorted shapes and angles...</i>
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