Continuity mistake: When they are in the car with heavy rain, you can see the pedestrians are NOT using umbrellas or wearing raincoats. Its also raining far harder on the left of the car than the right. In addition, Somerset is turning the wheel to the right, and yet theyre driving in a straight line. (00:12:10)
John Doe is the killer, played by Kevin Spacey. He willingly turns himself in at the police station. He tells the police he will take them to the remaining two bodies if Pitt and Freeman's characters go with him. They drive out into the middle of nowhere, and John Doe's plan comes to fruition: The sixth sin is Envy, John Doe's envy of David Mills (Brad Pitt) life. So he (John Doe) killed Gwyneth Paltrow (Pitt's wife), put her head in a box and sent it to Brad Pitt.(We don't actually see what is in the box, but it is most likely her head, since that's what John Doe tells ) The seventh sin therefore is Wrath; Brad Pitt finds out what Doe did and in his wrath shoots him. Morgan Freeman's character, who was due to retire, decides to stay with the police after all.
John Doe: Wanting people to listen, you can't just tap them on the shoulder anymore. You have to hit them with a sledgehammer, and then you'll notice you've got their strict attention.
Trivia: Kevin Spacey made sure that it was in his contract that his name would not appear in any press releases or reviews, that his photo would never appear in any of the above, he was not to be mentioned in interviews nor was his name to be anywhere in the opening credits. He cites his reason as being that The Usual Suspects and Outbreak were both opening earlier that same year and figured that people would start to recognize his name. And he also figured that if people saw his name in connection with the movie and he didn't appear for the first 2/3 of the movie they would know that he was playing the killer, thus ruining the element of shock and surprise that the moment in the movie has built up to. To compensate, Spacey is listed first in the ending credits.
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