Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Seven Pounds [2008]

Director: Gabriele Muccino
Starring: Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, Barry Pepper
Genre: Drama
Points: 85 out of 100
Rating: General
Comment: "Will Smith might have played his role too well, that's a good thing, really..."

The movie came out quite some time ago, but FPBM! never got around to watch it. Which is a shame really, for this could possibly one of the best movies you will ever see starring Will Smith.

The story is about an IRS agent who goes around looking for people he could help in any which way at all - seven people to be exact, without asking for anything in return. He meets a woman with a heart condition and a rare blood type, and he falls in love with her. However, he is carrying within himself a deep and painful secret.

Do not be fooled by the possibly deceptive plot outline. This is nothing like My Name is Earl. They may share similar themes, but Seven Pounds is very dark and gloomy. A "bummer", some might say. But FPBM! means that in a good way and regards it as a strength that gives life to the movie.

Hats off to Will Smith for he had done it again. Similar to I Am Legend [2007], Will Smith took another risk again by taking a role that required him to "be on his own". The only difference is that this film is much, much more dramatic (d'oh!). The role required him to be in pain at all times, as though every second he lives is a searing pain - and Will Smith did just that.

If there's anything that could be a downside to the movie, it could possibly be the length, or rather the pace at which the film moves at. Some people might not be able to stand sharing the protagonist's pain for two hours. With that being said, the movie might be a little too painful to watch for Will Smith played his role a little bit too well.

Other cast include Rosario Dawson and Woody Harrelson, who deserves a notable mention. His role was rather small, but very pivotal.

Points Calculation

The Good [+100]
- Strong plot
- Great performance by Will Smith

The Bad [-15]
- Pace

100 - 15 = 85 points

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