Seven Pounds (2008)

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Seven Pounds (2008)
  • Time: 123 min
  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: Gabriele Muccino
  • Cast: Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson

Storyline:

The IRS tax collector Ben Thomas seeks out Emily Posa and resolves her situation with the IRS. Emily has a serious heart problem and is waiting for a donor, but her blood is very rare and her odds are low. Meanwhile Ben seeks out other people to help them in a journey for redemption for what he did in the past. However Emily and Ben unexpectedly fall in love with each other, but Ben does not have the intention of changing his plans.

One review

  • It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a movie that has affected me this much. It’s hard to categorize what genre it fits into, but if I had to try, I’d say it’s part drama, part mystery, part romance, but mostly, it’s all inspirational.

    The storyline is hard to figure out at first, as we follow Will Smith’s character, Ben, drifting in and out of the lives of 7 strangers. Why? At first we have no idea. But that’s the point. Only he knows why, and only he knows the plan that’s formulated in his head. These strangers are all people who aren’t living easy lives though, this much is clear. Another thing that’s clear: there’s a tragic event in Ben’s past, one that he’s struggling to get to grips with. And the manner in which the whole “mystery” comes together and ties the strangers to Ben, is one of the most satisfying emotional journeys I’ve ever been on.

    The performances are all well above average, but this is Smith’s movie from start to finish. The roller-coaster of emotions that cant etch on his face at any given time are truly remarkable, as he once again displays his full acting range and proves himself more than just an “action star”.

    Some have accused this movie of being “emotionally manipulative”, and while I don’t disagree, I applaud the movie for having the courage to affect one’s emotions. Once the storyline starts gathering pace towards the climax, it would be an unfeeling viewer who isn’t touched in some way or another by the events taking place on the screen. I can admit, I surely shed a few tears. And I definitely rate this as the most thought-provoking, powerful and heartbreaking movie I’ve seen in years.

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