Seven Pounds Bilingual [Blu-ray]
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The mysteriously titled Seven Pounds stars Will Smith as Ben Thomas, who flashes his badge as an IRS agent to gain entrance into the lives of seven strangers in need. To each, he offers something that will reverse their troubles, seeking to atone for a haunting past mistake. But when Ben starts falling in love with a young woman with heart trouble (Rosario Dawson), his carefully laid plans threaten to collapse. To reveal more of the story would diminish it. Smith is an engaging, charismatic presence, but the impact of Seven Pounds comes from Dawson--she has the kind of emotional transparency that shimmers off the screen. Which is crucial, because Seven Pounds requires considerable suspension of disbelief; some scenes push and pull at plausibility, and you may question a few plot turns after the movie is over. But as the story unfolds, the performances can carry you over these bumps. If you surrender to its gently circling rhythms and its luminous images (including the glowing undulations of a poisonous jellyfish), Seven Pounds will pack an emotional wallop, heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. Also featuring Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan), Michael Ealy (Sleeper Cell), and Woody Harrelson. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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The first half of the film is a pastiche of present-day and flashback but once you work through the contrived confusion it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out the whole story within the first half-hour. From then on, it is just a matter of waiting to see if you're right, and, given how simple it is, you will be.
Will Smith's total immersion in his character does him credit but this film does not come any way near his other work. It's a shame really, but I can't think of another of his films I liked less and, without his contribution, this would have been a truly awful film.
It is put together well and from the first moments when he is rather un Will Smith like (i.e. not likable) the story develops and unfolds as bits and pieces are revealed and hints are dropped.
Very well done story and a very strong performance by Will Smith again. The other parts of the cast, including Woody Harrelson, are great. Not fast or exciting, just a good griping story.
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."
Most recent customer reviews
I bought to watch with my kids who are learning English as a second language. It's very moving and Will Smith is amazing.Published 15 months ago by Julie St-Pierre
Real good story with lots of feeling! Pretty good acting too!Published 20 months ago by JERRY G DAKINS
Will Smith and Rosario Dawson are at the pinnacle of their craft. They present a very strong and forceful performance.Published on Sept. 11 2013 by Latindancer