What’s In The Box?

20 Years after the release of the David Fincher’s Se7en, I can’t help but ask one question: What was in that box?

This might be a bit of a spoiler, but do you remember the box from the last scene of Se7en? What was in that box? Brad Pitt asked that question so many times that I have to know. Whatever it was, it must have been bad, because right after seeing it Brad Pitt killed Kevin Spacey. You’d think this pivotal moment in the film was something David Fincher would show us. Instead, he decided to play it coy, probably a rookie mistake, this was only his second feature. Still, to omit something as simple as a close up shot of the open box has almost ruined this Oscar worthy film.

To this day I still lose sleep wondering what was in the box that made Brad Pitt so mad. At first I believed that it was milk that had been left outside well past its sell-by date, which is gross, but I don’t think it would warrant killing someone. Perhaps it was a crime of passion, photographs of Kevin Spacey with Brad Pitt’s wife? No, she loved Brad too much to do something like that. Honestly, I think it could be any of the following: A copy of the Billboard charts with Nickelback in the number one slot, a snake in a can, a slip of paper foretelling Donald Trump’s successful presidential run, a VHS of Alien 3.

The truth is, only David Fincher knows what was inside that box, but he won’t reply to my letters. All we can do is speculate for the next twenty years but the truth is we may never know what was in that box.

Kevin Cole

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