Seven Pounds

Seven Pounds is a very interesting movie that moves at a slow pace and takes you on a man’s journey for redemption. Will Smith plays Ben Thomas, a man who feels he needs to change the lives of seven strangers for an accident he caused that took the lives of seven people, including his wife to be (not spoiler). The movie starts with him calling in his own suicide and the movie tells the story of how he came to this point. I don’t want to say too much about the movie or else I’ll give something away. But basically Ben goes and meets with these seven people and tries to find out if they really are good people and deserve the gift that him plans to give them. Along the way he meets Emily, played wonderfully by Rosario Dawson, who is suffering from heart problems and is one of his seven. They bond together through most of the movie and eventually come to fall in love with one another. The movie may be a tearjerker to some, especially when the end reveals what Ben’s plans are and what a fine man he is for doing what he intends to do.

The performances are very good here. Will Smith gives another fine dramatic performance just as he did in The Pursuit of Happyness. Rosario Dawson gives a wonderful performance as Emily and should really get some kind of award for her performance. The rest of the supporting cast that show up from time to time, such as Woody Harrelson, Michael Ealy, and Barry Pepper all do a good job with their small roles. All in all this movie is somewhat of a mystery given that the previews don’t show much of what the story is about. The movie is sometimes grim and dark but in the end it’s a triumph with a positive message and another good one int he bag for Will Smith.

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