I’d heard mixed reviews about Will Smith’s Seven Pounds, so I went into watching it without overtly elevated expectations. Sure it was Will Smith, but this wasn’t going to be a special effects blockbuster, but more of a serious drama. I didn’t doubt Will’s ability to nail any given role, but looking at the trailer, I did doubt the movies ability to surprise.
I went into the movie being able to predict the general storyline just from the tailer, which isn’t a good thing, especially when your predictions have been spot on. Of course, no one would probably have put money on the ending – most sensible movie goers would have probably wanted the film to end the way it did, but most wouldn’t have the guts to call it that way.
One thing I can say for the ending, is that for me, I didn’t come soon enough. Seven Pounds had its flaws – big ones – but the acting, direction and production were all good. Will can be happy with his role. The trouble is that Seven Pounds felt like a short story that has been made into a long film. If it could have been condensed to 30 minutes it may have worked.
May have. Because even the story didn’t work for me. I liked the underlying theme of one mans journey to find redemption, but I didn’t like that that man was a judgemental god-wannabe, who pushed people so far, purely so that he could prove that they were not worthy of his supreme help.
Released on: June 10th, 2009
Year of Original Release: 2008
Stars: Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, Michael Ealy, Barry Pepper, Elpidia Carrillo, Robinne Lee, Joe Nunez, Bill Smitrovich, Tim Kelleher, Gina Hecht, Andy Milder, Judyann Elder, Sarah Jane Morris, Madison Pettis
Length (Minutes): 118
Media Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Director: Muccino, Gabriele
Studio: Sony Pictures