Seven Pounds Movie Reviews

Seven Pounds

Seven Pounds

Release Date: Dec 19, 2008

Genre: Drama

Rating: (PG-13)

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  • 5
    awesome movie...what a pleasant surprise! tremendous depth of character...conflict...i love how will smiths character gets pleasure at helping others...which is so true to real life...anger,rage,greed,selfishness get us nowhere...a beautifully done movie!i will see again in the theaters and also buy on dvd. very thought provoking movie!
  • 5
    what a surprise! i totally enjoyed this movie and cannot understand why it only had 2 stars. i do not understand what has happened in our society in the 21 century. this movie would have been 5 stars in the 1960's. extremely meaningful movie showing that when we redirect our selfishness and rage to a positive outlet so many choices open up. in so many ways we can help others. getting our minds away from ourselves is truly the way to happiness.
  • 1
    Don't waste your time or money on this flick. It is trite and dull from the beginning. About 15 minutes into it I was able to guess the plotline and I spent the rest of my time in the theater checking my Email and munching popcorn.
    Boring and pointless about sums it up for this Will Smith vehicle. Mr. Smith needs to start picking better scripts.
  • 2
    I wasn’t a big fan of director Gabriele Muccino and star Will Smith’s first collaboration, The Pursuit of Happyness. Yes, I realize many people found it “inspirational.” I thought it was poorly written, poorly directed and one of Will Smith’s worst performances since the Fresh Prince days. So you can imagine I wasn’t all that excited to hear they were re-teaming for this movie, in which Smith plays a guilt-ridden guy who goes around pretending to be an IRS agent so he can force his way into people’s lives and decide if they’re worthy of his big surprise gift. I’ve never seen a movie that combines cheesiness with a totally disturbing concept quite like this before. It almost suckers you in, because you don’t know where the movie is going at first. There are flash forwards and flashbacks, but it tells you right away that Smith’s character is planning to commit suicide. His story moves toward a “shock” ending, but not before exceeding the saccharine levels even of The Pursuit of Happyness. This movie could put a diabetic into a coma. Will Smith needs to get as far from this director as possible, and stay there. I can understand wanting to be taken “seriously” as a dramatic actor, but if he’s got it in him he’s not choosing the right role to show it off. Smith is one of those bigger-than-life actors (Clint, DeNiro, Pacino) who always seems to basically be playing himself. Seven Pounds is not him.
  • 3
    This is not one of Will Smith’s best films. The studio spent a lot of effort concealing what exactly the “seven pounds” in question are, but when I finally found out in the movie, I couldn’t help but think “really? This is the big secret?” I won’t give it away for those who are going to see the movie, but the idea is ridiculous and the sappy way it plays out could have left me cold.

    However, Smith is very good in this dramatic turn. He seems to have matured as an actor to the point where he can squeeze every drop of believability out of whatever material he’s given. I Am Legend is one example—not a great film, but Smith did the best he possibly could with it and made the story interesting. This is another. As Ben Thomas, he’s mysterious at first, until we find out what he’s up to. Then comes the point where we either laugh at the concept or feel a little shaken up by the tragic aspects of the story. Without Smith, I certainly would have laughed—it’s just too over the top for my taste. But Smith sells the emotion, and in the end I bought into it. Like I Am Legend, I wanted to know what was going to happen to the character, even if I didn’t care that much about the rest of the story.

    Some will like this for the love story between Smith and Rosario Dawson (as Emily). I didn’t feel any real chemistry between them—actually, I didn’t care about any of the seven characters that Ben Thomas gets involved with, except for Woody Harrelson as Ezra. In the end, Smith has to carry another one, but it’s impressive that he can.
  • 2
    Will Smith’s Seven Pounds is a bit on the tedious side. The plot is rather convoluted and the reason behind everything doesn’t seem to make that much sense. You would think that a cast that includes Will Smith, Rosario Dawson and Woody Harrelson would be stunning. And the previews made it look like a pretty good movie as well. But the movie itself just did not come through. When Smith and director Gabriele Muccino made The Pursuit of Happyness it was a really good collaboration, this one … not so much.

    Will Smith’s character is basically a jerk, who doesn’t like anyone but some how Dawson seems to be able to reach him (has absolutely nothing to do with how hot she is I’m sure). Smith doesn’t give his best performance in this movie either, which is sad because usually he is fun to watch on the big screen. The movie definitely thinks it is important, and tries not to let the viewer forget that. Although the film seems to be more of a boring lecture than an uplifting tale.

    I’m sure some people would like this movie, I’m just not one of them. If I wanted someone to tell me to be nice to someone I’ll go talk to a priest. I did like Rosario Dawson in this movie her scenes were much more interesting and I wish she could have been in more of the movie. So go see this movie if you have an extra ten bucks and two hours where you would like to be frustrated.

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