Will Smith stars as Ben Thomas, a man at a crossroads searching for a way to redeem his heavy conscience. He discovers he has the power to change the circumstances of seven strangers who deserve a second chance. But when one of them captures his heart, he must decide if he should reveal his secret - even if it means giving up on his plan.
Don't believe the hype
- Seven Pounds review by Jawbreaker
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Will Smith teams up with the director of In The Pursuit of Happiness for another sentimental tale. The studio hyped Will’s performance in Seven Pounds, and while it is certainly a meatier role compared to previous outings, it’s not expansive or demanding by most standards. Smith should stop playing safe and really throw himself into a part that requires research, dedication and a total transformation. Instead we have another clean cut corporate type, who has everything life can provide. He plays, well; it would be spoiling the predictable twist to really delve into the plot. Seven Pounds is a story about redemption, good deeds and helping strangers. We can certainly all take something from this in today’s society, when others may not be as fortunate as ourselves. As a drama it lacks weight, depth and development, when the premise warranted much more.
When you see a film that sneaks into your thoughts all the following day; is that a good film? I think so. It is emotional which will appeal to many but also very thought provoking. Without giving too much away the central character is driving and is distracted when his car collides. 7 are killed including his wife. His guilt and sense of loss become intensely motivating. Is this possible, to become so focussed and determined, driven by such a force? Extreme altruism is difficult to believe, and this is what the film leaves you with. Is it believable? It is a bit overly sentimental at times in an attempt to stay mainstream, but I didn't find it too contrived.