Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):
1. Will Smith stars in a blockbuster movie that's not released in the summer
2. If you didn't like him in Pursuit of Happyness, you won't like him in this one
3. If you can survive the rather boring first section, you'll get by just fine with the rest.
4. Essentially, Will's character is working on atonement for a momentary lapse of concentration two years prior to the events of this movie.
5. He's willing to give an eye for an eye, and his pound of flesh where necessary
6. He sure takes his time getting it done.
7. Box jellyfish should not be served fresh over crushed ice.
8. Rosario Dawson and aforementioned jellyfish steal several scenes.
This is a rather long, slow drama, as opposed to the action stuff you usually associate with Will Smith. He does however act his socks off in this one, as he works on his own personal redemption programme. Rosario Dawson provides strong support as his love interest, and even though their roles are short, look for Woody Harrelson, Barry Pepper, Connor (son of Tom) Cruise and of course, the jellyfish.
Good acting, good casting, interesting concept, but the screenplay could have been trimmed substantially, especially at the beginning.
Ben Thomas: "In seven days, God created the world. And in seven seconds, I shattered mine."