I don't give out 10 stars easily unless it's a film that can keep me guessing. A film that will make me want to see it through to the end, not because I paid hard earned cash, but because I truly care about the characters and where they're going to end up. If you like me, then you're going to want to see this one.Will Smith has always been an interesting actor for me. I watch everything he does because I'm a huge fan. I must admit that the idea of him playing another heartbroken, distanced from the world individual Hancock, I am Legend made me a little annoyed, but this <more>
one was a home run. The character Ben Thomas is such a mystery that you want to know what he plans to do; for others, for himself, etc. As the story unfolds, so does his intentions and not in a really simplistic way. He's a complex person, but not so much that he aggravates me. He's intriguing.The connection between Will Smith and Rosario Dawson is so well done and so believable. This is how it's supposed to be done. There's a chemistry in their acting that I haven't seen in about 10 years or so. I'm not exaggerating. I haven't seen too many films where the chemistry is genuine; kudos to the both of them.It is very touching and sad, yet heartwarming. Geez, did I say that? I walked away from this one feeling good. That's what it is in the end. A feel good movie.
Let me start by saying I didn't care much to see this movie. Although the trailer left much to the imagination it looked quite boring.The majority of the movie is mysterious, slightly confusing and will have you guessing a lot. It's almost hard to believe so many loose ends could be tied up as it nears its ending, but it does, and it does so beautifully. Everything culminates in this magnificent ending that will make you want to tell everyone you meet to go see this movie now.Also, I'm the kind of person that is not easily moved. As a matter of fact I can't even remember the <more>
last time a movie made me feel something the way this one did.I rank this as one of the top movies of 2008, along with TDK and Slumdog Millionaire. And definitely somewhere on my all time top five.
This is the first time I have ever posted. I saw this movie and it made me want to post. IT seems Seven Pounds is getting a lot of negative press and I felt like I need to do my part to let some people know that this movie is SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL! For me, this was a rare movie that stays with you. I found everything about this movie beautiful..the acting, the music, the directing and especially the beautiful story. A story of giving..sacrifice with purpose. I am not the biggest Will Smith fan, but I must say that his performance for me was ASTOUNDING. I felt his pain and was moved by what his <more>
character was doing. This is not a easy story to tell in 2hrs and I think they did a really fantastic job. This movie will not be for everyone...it moves slowly and may be confusing..until you figure it out...then the reality of his purpose will crush you emotionally and at the same time it is so beautiful....SWEET PAIN it did for me anyway ....Seven Pounds is a wonderful movie that will stay with you long into the night and next day.....Thanks
If this movie doesn't touch every sentimental nerve in your body and reach to the core of your soul, you are not human. This movie will touch your heart in places you never knew existed. Each of us has seen those movies that reach deep within and cause the light tear to seep out of corner of our eyes and we quickly wipe it away and hope no one sees us. You will indeed be seen crying on this one. You will need a box of tissues. I do not know how or what the so called self critics are seeing, but I don't think it's the same movie I just finished watching. Yes it's a little slow, <more>
but its real . This is a human in tune with what he wants and doesn't let ANYTHING stop him from completing what he started. It's a Shakespeare tragedy in today's society. A movie you should definitely see. 9 out of 10.
This film blew me away. The acting was superb, the story was heart wrenching and I truly believed in the characters. Some of you may say that this film is just another in a list of movies such as Pay It Forward.This is a fallacy. This film here grabbed me from the start and will stay with me for weeks. It's a very powerful film and Will Smith and the rest of the cast deserve our applause and respect for playing their roles so well. Credit to the scriptwriters and director for also allowing this film to exist, it was amazing.A definite must see film and one worthy of nomination for <more>
I personally feel this is an excellent movie and fully recommend everyone go see it! Will Smith and Rosario Dawson play their roles beautifully and could not have asked for a better cast. This movie is a drama and plays out a little slow at times but if you know what you are watching then you should not be bothered by that. This film is indicative of one mans strength of mind and character to do the right thing. This particular movie indicated very well that the right thing is most definitely not always the "easiest" thing. You should take your significant other and go see this <more>
movie immediately, but you must be sure you do so with open minds and open hearts.
Two years ago, director Gabriele Muccino collaborated with Will Smith successfully in their year end offering of The Pursuit of Happiness, which while based on the struggles of real life struggler made good Chris Gardner, had a saccharine sweet and triumphant ending befitting of the end of year mood of putting the last year behind you, and looking forward to a better tomorrow. This time round however, the Muccino-Smith partnership has brought about a sustained doom, gloom and heaviness throughout the film that perhaps accurately mirrors current sentiments of the downturn that doesn't look <more>
to go anywhere upwards next year as well.There's nary a light-hearted moment in the film, and it begins in what would be uncharacteristic of Smith to be barraging down on a visually handicapped person Woody Harrelson in a very subdued, supporting role , insulting him and calling him names. In fact, you're more than likely to feel kind of angry with Smith's Ben Thomas, an IRS tax man who continues his verbal assault over the telephone on a stranger whom he doesn't know, yet.You see, it's all a test of character. Ben Thomas is a man on a mission, and while the filmmakers would like you to think that his ultimate aim was something still kept under wraps, it doesn't take long before you decipher just what he's up to, given a clue right from the start of the film that he intends to take his own life, and little hints dropped every now and then. Ben wants to help seven people before his demise, and just how he's going about doing so, is the subject of almost two hours in the film.The plot brews rather slowly, and curiously, doesn't bore even as it doesn't keep you guessing for long. It holds out the real reason and verbatim rationale why he's doing what he's doing, though cynics in us might deem it as an extreme case of seeking redemption. But thankfully, we got Will Smith's acting ability to keep our attention arrested, because he has shown that he's as adept to big budgeted action blockbusters, as he is with strong drama dealing with human emotions. While you may question Ben's technique, you cannot deny that here's a man that's set in his ways that even best friend Dan Barry Pepper could do nothing to change his course, and only to respect his wishes to carry everything through when the time calls for it.And central to this story, is the relationship between Ben and Emily Posa Rosario Dawson , a woman who's dished out a death sentence that could happen at any time because of an impending heart failure. It is this story-arc that takes up the bulk of the screen time, and the other benefactors from Ben's magnanimous benevolence only became side shows, with 2 of them just lip service, which was a disappointment because they were relegated to copping out or the lack of screen opportunities . But it is this love story that could and yet couldn't be, that was achingly heart-wrenching to watch.At first I had dismissed this as yet another star-crossed lovers type of story that Fate had a hand in, but this relationship grows on you, and while it looked like an eventual 21 Grams, the chemistry between Dawson and Smith brought out the best in what could have become some really bad melodrama. I guess I always enjoy stories about sacrifices, and what more about the sacrifice that has to happen, as portrayed in the story, that makes it heartbreaking to bear witness to.Seven Pounds might turn away those looking for some fantastical, escapist storyline to take their minds off temporarily from current troubles, but for Will Smith fans, and those looking for something that doesn't choose to wince away from what it had set out to do, then this might be the film for you this New Year period. It might not have plenty to offer, but for powerful performances, then look no further than this piece.
Seven Pounds is a drama and drama's really only work if you care for the characters. Will Smith certainly makes you care for his character. Seeing someone with that much charisma play a character that is as sympathetic as Ben Thomas is a great joy.Sometimes I felt the movie tried to push the feelings of the characters a bit to hard onto the viewer. Such as the music being a tad to strong at times. But then again, it's a drama, moving you is the intention. And if you're open to being moved, Seven Pounds does that extremely well!The story itself is small and personal. The tone the <more>
characters keep is upbeat, but most things that happen are definitely not. The result is something that's bittersweet.
It's good to know, that at least once a year such a heart-touching piece is being made (by tkaczyk-m)
To be honest, I expected something else of this movie. A bit more "supernatural". And after seeing it - a bit less naive.The story is great - I admit it. The way the viewer gets to know the main character is really worthsome. You know that he's doing everything in his might, just to ease his moral pain. And that's where the movie forms. Moral responsibility. How often do we hear about one killing dozens while ramming into a bus stop? When do we hear or see the true regret? We take it as a day's bargain in novadays. That's sad, but true. From the beginning of the <more>
movie you can sense it - that final devotion, that goal Ben has set for himself. Whilst the form of it may become a subject of discussion this is the place for discussion,really :P , the moral motivation of the character is at least modest.I'd make the whole movie a bit different. To be honest, I'd make the whole movie different. Ben to us should not die. The amount of good he produced after his traumatic events shouldn't be stopped by his sacrifice - It should continue. If that was the case of this film, I'd give it 10/10. Ben comes, Ben sees, Ben does, Ben leaves and the cycle starts over. This would be proper. Of course giving all he has regarding organs is great, but not possible, to be honest. I'd rather see Ben leading Ezra into an intimate relationship with a woman, instead of giving him his own eyes let's skip the medical problems .To sum up - what we have here is a decent movie with a lot of heart-throbbing moments, where our GF will cry into our shoulders or b-f's in those more "liberal" and those Will Smith believers will say - "Gosh, he can act".To be honest - there were no honest Oscar roles in this film, but it delivered. In every aspect. If you are reading in in 2009 - BUY IT. It's worth the price.