Se7en director David Fincher is up for another serial killer movie. Torso explores a little-known incident in Elliot “The Untouchables” Ness’ career, in which a serial killer challenges Ness to catch him. Ness, by then working as a public safety officer and without any training as a detective, has to put together a team of ex-police officers to help him catch the killer.
I love Fincher’s movies, particularly The Game and Fight Club, and regard Se7en as one of the best movies ever made. But some of his recent output such Panic Room has has been a little lacking. If Fincher is trying to recapture the mid-90s pinnacle of his career, it’s probably a mistake. The serial killer territory is now not only well trodden both by Fincher and by others, it’s very passé. But I guess if anyone can still make a gripping serial killer movie, it’s him. I suspect he’ll need Andrew Kevin Walker as a script doctor though.