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Visceral Effects in "Seven"

by Charity-Joy Acchiardo

In the final scene from the 1995 feature film crime thriller “Seven”, detective David Mills tracks down a serial killer, John Doe who uses the seven deadly sins as a motif in his murders. Doe taunts Mills by telling him how envious he was of his life with his wife Tracy; that Tracy was pregnant and that her head is now in the box. Visceral factors are states such as hunger, thirst, sexual desire, drug cravings, physical pain, and fervent emotion that influence how much goods and actions are valued. When experiencing a visceral state, people focus primarily on goals associated with their current state and downplay the importance of future goals. In this case, Mills experiences wrath. “Oh god, oh god, oh” he cries as he tries to overcome it. But he fails and fatally shoots Doe. In so doing, he completes Doe’s plan, rather than his own and winds up being arrested himself.

Visceral Effects in "Seven"

A serial killer taunts David Mills by telling him his wife’s head is in a box. Mills experiences wrath and shoots him. Visceral factors are states of fervent emotion that lead us to focus on current state and downplay the importance of future goals.

from Seven (1995)
Creator: David Fincher
Distributor: New Line Cinema
Posted by Charity-Joy Acchiardo