Seven Pounds [Blu-ray]
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2009
You spend most of this two-hour film wondering "what's the story
regarding the lead character?"

Will Smith, as a low-key "Ben Thomas" will keep you guessing. The last
20-25 minutes is when you find out, and it's a shocker....but you knew
something dramatic was going to be revealed. Until then, Smith, plays
it mysterious, almost stalking people. You know he has a good reason
for doing it, but it's never really explained, once again, to keep us
guessing until the end.

All of it, including a on again/off again but touching romance with
Rosario Dawkins ("Emily Posa") might make some viewers frustrated or
wanting to quit this film.....but don't because the final long segment
puts all the pieces of this puzzle together.

This is a two-hour film and not the typical action-packed macho Will
Smith film. In fact, the most shocking aspect might be seeing the
drawn, sad face of Smith throughout this story. It almost doesn't even
look like him in a number of shots. He looks like he's lost weight and
is sick. Smith does a great job portraying a man carrying around a lot
of sadness.

Like a good movie will often do, this film will leave you thinking long
after the ending credits.
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85 of 98 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2009
I grew up watching Will Smith on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, so he's a familiar face that I enjoy seeing. I truly think he's at his best in the drama category. His has such a soothing quality to him that can speak volumes in a couple words or a look. No one else could have played an IRS agent that doesn't immediately get a door slammed in their face.

For once, the plot was not spoiled before I could watch this movie on DVD. Usually you can't help but hear all about it before you see it. So I went into this knowing nothing, and while it's not completely surprising how it unfolds, it works in an amazing way.

For some, they will have a very large, elephant in the room problem with a film that concerns suicide(don't worry, not spoiling for you...this is the opening scene). This is a movie that develops like a symphony, slowly building before you. It will break your heart, but let you see that some people do have the best of intentions. They're willing to sacrifice more then you'd think.

Others have complained its "slow" or "boring". I believe 'seven pounds' is for those who like subtlety and things to think about. They don't give you all the information to figure out the story immediately.

I watched slumdog millionaire right before this, and honestly, thought this was stunningly better and I'm really shocked it wasn't nominated for an oscar. This would have been my personal choice for best film of the year.

Also, as I will always mention - finally, some good special features!! I love behind the scenes stuff, or the writers talking about how the story came to them. There is all that and more.
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64 of 73 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2009
Seven Pounds is an outstanding and very UNDER RATED movie. Those who didn't like this movie probably have a limited understanding of what it means to show compassion towards other people. From the special features commentary, that came with the DVD, the movie's concept was mildly based on an actual event. Seven Pounds has to be watched, not from a critical eye as to whether this movie achieved this or that, but, from the point of view of someone who is telling their story and you are the viewer. If you ignore the few negative reviews, and enjoy the movie for the compassionate theme it's portraying, you will have a better appreciation for life that transcends the daily problems we sometimes face. The chemistry between Will Smith and Rosario Dawson was great. The movie flowed well; and, the accompanying music enhanced the essence of the feelings being conveyed. If you haven't seen this movie yet, don't let the trailer (for this movie) mislead you; the movie is not as suspenseful as it is made out to be; Seven Pounds is more about Love and Compassion. I hope you enjoy the movie!!!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2009
I will not lie..this movie is really freaking sad. If you are already depressed, this is not the movie you want to see. But, If you are the kind of person that likes good to watch good performances this movie is one to see. Now first people have to understand that this movie is not really about suicide. This movie is about more than that. It is about the toll guilt can take on a person and the power of love that can lead to redemption. Will Smith and Rosario Dawson have great chemestry together. They take you on a journey from guilt to redemption. Great performances by great actors.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2009
If you live in the safety of a 6 sided box, preferring to view the world only as you want it be, leave this one on the shelf. Many of the poor reviews are by morally constrained people who refuse to accept that humanity exists beyond their own perceptions. 7 pounds pokes into dark corners that people normally would not willingly consider looking at. Will Smith displayed diversity in a mature roll delivering a strong performance. There are a few typical Hollywood inaccuracies but what story doesn't have them; 90% of viewers wouldn't recognize them anyway.

I gave this movie 5 stars because it was delivered well and challenged me mentally and emotionally.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2009
Anyone who calls this movie simple or boring or not about love, has no heart or soul, and has no clue about love. Unless you anesthetized with only the capability of enjoying mindless violence on screen, you will be moved to tears. This movie contains just about everything that a human can experience and it is beautifully and sensitively acted and directed. I suppose that it takes a European director to be able to portray the depth, complexity and simplicity of the range of human emotions. I admire Will Smith for his bravery and honesty in his choices of projects. I was actually an extra in one of his films, and grateful to have been this close to someone so talented and generous. I love this film and will watch it over and over (even if it still makes me cry). I don't want to mention any detail of the movie because I loved being captivated and surprised the first time I watched it. The extras on the DVD are great and I recommend watching all of them.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Even now and then, you watch a movie which deeply moves you in a way that you feel substantially changed as a person, possibly permanently. This was such a movie for me, which is why I decided to write this review.

I don't really want to comment on the specifics of the plot and characters, since I don't think it makes sense to "spoil" movies for others. I prefer to watch movies starting with little or no knowledge about them, other than knowing that the movie is good enough to watch in the first place.

What I can mention are some of the main themes addressed in the movie, namely the highs of success, the emotional and circumstantial consequences of the major mistakes we make in life, suffering and loss, hope, compassion, and sacrifice. In many ways, this movie is like the modern version of an ancient Greek tragedy, and its quality compares with the best in that genre.

As far as the standard elements of moviemaking (casting, acting, cinematography, music, etc.), this movie is superb on all counts. And I have to highlight two things: (a) Will Smith demonstrates that he's a first-class actor who deserves all his success and (b) much of the imagery in the movie is so powerful that it may become burned into your memory and soul (as it was for me).

Some reviewers have criticized this movie on technicalities relating to medical and legal issues, but I think such criticisms are irrelevant and miss the point. Remember, this is a movie, not a documentary: does anyone judge Shakespeare by such criteria? Other reviewers complained that the movie errs in presenting the lead character as someone to emulate. This again misses the point, and I think the main lesson is the opposite: that we should be careful to avoid repeating the lead character's original big mistake.

Overall, this isn't a feel-good movie and I can't really say that it's particularly uplifting in any way. In fact, I was moved to tears during the movie and have felt somewhat haunted since finishing it. But the movie does succeed in poignantly displaying the human condition, including many of the lows and some of the highs, and experiencing its tragic elements may have cathartic value for you.

This is a serious movie which I certainly can't recommend to everyone, but it's outstanding for the right audience. Hopefully, this review will help you determine if you're a member of that audience.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 27, 2008
"Seven Pounds" is a deeply-felt, powerfully rich Will Smith film that tugs at the heart strings and never lets go. Smith plays an IRS agent who seems to be randomly choosing people to help. At once, he seems to be in various stages of helping six people - a nursing home administrator, a hockey coach for disadvantaged Hispanic kids, a blind telemarketer played by Woody Harrelson, a woman with two kids being abused by her boyfriend, a little boy needing a bone marrow transplant, and last, but not least, a graphic artist played by Rosario Dawson whose heart is failing and in needed of a transplant.

Smith's character insinuates himself in the lives of these people, alternately befriending them and showering them with hostility. His character is obviously wracked by guilt and the motivation to help, but we are unsure of his motives and intentions. We see only three people who know him and may know what he's up to - a childhood friend played by Barry Pepper, a civil servant place by Judy Pace, and his brother, played by Michael Ealy.

We are not sure exactly what is going on until the end of the movie, and for many, it will be worth the wait to discover the secret of Seven Pounds. Smith gives an earnest, heartfelt performance, and is surrounded by exceptional supporting performances, especially by Dawson in her greatest performance to date.

Seven Pounds makes some important comments about guilt, loss, redemption, and the fleetingness of life. It is a very solid film that will linger long after you've watched it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This movie holds your attention from the opening to the very end. Will Smith is not only a very talented singer-rapper, but he is a top-notch actor. He is able to become each character that he plays, and plays them with a vengence. An unusual movie, with an ending you won't forget.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2009
Will Smith, takes the role of Ben Thomas, who made a a car accident in which he kills seven people. In order to get back in peace with himself, he takes on a mission to save seven strangers by giving them a second chance.

Great film!

Very Dramatic!

Worth every penny you pay for!

However prepare the tissues for lots of tears (especially if you are a women)
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