Seven Pounds (2008)


“I lied to you, I think about dying every day. ” – Ben Thomas

Number of Times Seen – Twice (20 Dec 2008 and 8 Jan 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A troubled man does all he can to try and help complete strangers as repentance for his past actions.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing not long after it came a[out and was somewhat baffled by the story line which moves in some very strange directions.

I hoped that after more than a decade, I would be able to rewatch this with a new perspective which would perhaps shed more light on what they are trying to say and do here.

This is actually a film with an intriguing premise and it starts off quite well, but due to the very secretive nature of the story line, things get a bit too convoluted and frustrating to watch because of how things play out in an overly mysterious way.

They fail to develop the characters in an effective way and they all feel a bit too superficial for its own good.

The story is built up well at the beginning but it comes crashing down and is a total mess because it doesn’t come across as seeming realistic or believable which is a shame especially since it ruins what ever was built up beforehand.

Will Smith is an interesting choice for the lead here, but doesn’t manage to be effective enough in this role at all.

Rosario Dawson and Michael Ealy are both great actors and are wasted here in supporting roles.

Bottom Line – Film that starts off well but loses its way because the story moves along in a very secretive and convoluted way. The characters are not developed well enough and seem much too superficial for their own good.  The story is built up well and then finds way to come crashing down in a way that just doesn’t seem believable enough which ruins everything that was done beforehand.  The cast is completely wasted here and none of them are used effectvely to help make this story more interesting.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film enabled Will Smith to tackle a subject which has always fascinated him from a different perspective: how do men overcome their traumas? How do they continue to live when everything is going wrong? (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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2 thoughts on “Seven Pounds (2008)

  1. I think Film Brain said it best:

    “Now many people found this movie touching. I didn’t. It struck a nerve. It’s bad enough that the film is severely boring because it’s obvious what is going on. It’s bad enough that the movie is so morose and miserable. It’s bad enough that it’s pretentious tosh. It’s bad enough that Will Smith himself is desperately Oscar baiting by dialing back his signature charm to trace levels and acting as mopey as possible. No, my real issue is with the film’s message. Tim’s sacrifice at the end of the movie is celebrated and he’s made a martyr. I’m sorry, but I find that profoundly worrying. The movie is literally saying that suicide is okay as long as you donate your organs. What the FUCK kind of message is that?”

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