A Movie Review of Seven Pounds

by on January 4, 2012

in Entertainment, movie reviews

This is a movie review of the movie, Seven Pounds. It’s an older movie that moved me enough that I felt compelled to share.

Seven Pounds movie poster

Seven Pounds (2008) stars Will Smith, Rosario Dawsom and is directed by Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness) and written by Grant Nieporte (8 Simple Rules). It has a runtime of 123 minutes and is rated PG-13.

It starts out in such a compelling fashion that you need to keep watching, need more, to understand what the bloody heck is happening. I say that because for the longest time, we have no clue who or what Ben (Smith) is. We see opening scenes that show us a man filled with angst, wonder and a helful side, all the while, there’s something hinted at that is very dark underneath it all.

That’s the mystery of the film.

As Seven Pounds progresses we see more and more of what Ben is doing and more importantly, what he’s been through. The reasoning for his actions becomes a bit more clear.

This is a very different Will Smith than from what I’ve seen in other movies. A troubled man is what he projects. Troubled indeed. Yet through his troubles, he looks to help some random folks and a bit of a love story evolves also.

Photo of Will Smith and Rosario Dawson in Seven Pounds

The tone of the film is hard to miss but you keep hoping, hoping for something of a very happy nature to happen. Nice things happen. A few funny things happen, but the tone is unmistakable dark.

If you like dark-tinged stories, you should love this movie, no matter where you see it.

And yes… I just saw this for the first time recently! Yea, I’m a bit slow on somethings, but I do finally get around to them. And as a mentor once told me, it doesn’t matter when you see it or how old it is… your readers might want to know what you thought of it!

If you’re a Will Smith fan, this is a keeper for a DVD/BD Purchase. I mean hey, after 95k votes on IMDb for Seven Pounds, with an average score of 7.5, that’s a good number to retain through the years.

Seven Pounds on Amazon.com

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