Seven Pounds (12A)

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Posted: Tue Jan 13 2009

It’s a distinctly frazzled Will Smith we see at the start of this teasing drama. Calling emergency services, he looks on his last legs, before we cut back to trace what brought him to this point of no return. It’s then we meet mean Will Smith, an IRS agent seemingly specialising in pursuing the disadvantaged, such as Woody Harrelson’s blind piano teacher and Rosario Dawson’s stationery designer with a heart condition. Still, a bit curious that Smith’s living in a cheap motel all the while, since intercut moments suggest a family life somewhere in the past. What can it all mean?

 Actually, the film’s distributors have us sworn to secrecy, but chances are that if we did spill the beans, you wouldn’t believe us. It’s totally bonkers. Kudos though to director Gabriele Muccino (who previously helmed the rather grittier Smith entry ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’) for drip-feeding us towards the big reveal with no little style, turning out a movie that’s seductively lithe and sheeny, giving every impression of in-the-moment gravitas… rather like a superior car advert. Smith does enough here to suggest that he’s pushing at the edges of his goody-goody image, while Dawson works wonders in a role so thankless it should have its own awards category.

However, all concerned are mere pawns in thrall to a central conceit that sails beyond mere sentiment to encapsulate the surreal. It’s not what you’d call any good, but Claude Lelouch fans, say, might relish its grandiose romantic gestures in the face of all known logic.
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12A

UK release:

Fri Jan 16, 2009

Duration:

125 mins

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sam

What a load of crap! This is one of the best movies ever made. the only thing I learned new here is that all you need to become a critic is how to speak sit.

sam

What a load of crap! This is one of the best movies ever made. the only thing I learned new here is that all you need to become a critic is how to speak sit.

EW

Had the most emotional reaction I've had to a film in years - I think that means it's good. Stuff the supposed critics - they clearly don't connect with what makes the rest of us tick.

EW

Had the most emotional reaction I've had to a film in years - I think that means it's good. Stuff the supposed critics - they clearly don't connect with what makes the rest of us tick.

Amanda

In myhumble opinion, this review is an ignorant uneducated person who doesn't know a good movie-maybe you should quit your criticism blog and go back to the trailerpark, thanks

Amanda

In myhumble opinion, this review is an ignorant uneducated person who doesn't know a good movie-maybe you should quit your criticism blog and go back to the trailerpark, thanks

Danni

Will smith is one of the greatest actors in the world. Alongside that, the storyline kept me in the dark until right at the end. I had no idea on what he was doing right until it showed you. It gave me such a shock, and I was really impressed. A truly original film, and I would recommend it. :)

Danni

Will smith is one of the greatest actors in the world. Alongside that, the storyline kept me in the dark until right at the end. I had no idea on what he was doing right until it showed you. It gave me such a shock, and I was really impressed. A truly original film, and I would recommend it. :)

sean

Superb film. Why do the reviewers pan it when everyone I speak to loved it? Who knows? Who cares? Watch it!

sean

Superb film. Why do the reviewers pan it when everyone I speak to loved it? Who knows? Who cares? Watch it!

Laura

Lovely film, deeper perhaps than Mr Johnston Reviewer is capable of understanding... Shylock, Merchant of Venice, pound of flesh.... ring any bells? And yes you do need a heart to enjoy....

Laura

Lovely film, deeper perhaps than Mr Johnston Reviewer is capable of understanding... Shylock, Merchant of Venice, pound of flesh.... ring any bells? And yes you do need a heart to enjoy....

cs

Loved it. Really surprised by the number of negative reviews here - hearts of stone?

cs

Loved it. Really surprised by the number of negative reviews here - hearts of stone?

John Cooper

A film with noble intentions but which cannot escape the charges of ignoble indulgence and morbid sentimentalism. Most viewers will see the `surprise ending` coming only way before the end. The acting, though commendable cannot save this film . .. .which tries to keep the viewer interested for almost 2 hours with a thematic conceit that , although original , cannot properly be called `plot`. One hates to label the good intentions of this film as `boring` but I'm afraid we don't go to the cinema to suffer vicariously in this way. Definitely not a first date movie . . . . ..

John Cooper

A film with noble intentions but which cannot escape the charges of ignoble indulgence and morbid sentimentalism. Most viewers will see the `surprise ending` coming only way before the end. The acting, though commendable cannot save this film . .. .which tries to keep the viewer interested for almost 2 hours with a thematic conceit that , although original , cannot properly be called `plot`. One hates to label the good intentions of this film as `boring` but I'm afraid we don't go to the cinema to suffer vicariously in this way. Definitely not a first date movie . . . . ..

Chris

Well, the movie is more frustrating than touching, It tries very hard to be a movie that "touches the soul," but it stays disconnected the entire time. Pretty much a waste of time. I love movies that are emotional that I can connect with, where the characters and their interaction is believable but this one tries too hard and completely misses.

Chris

Well, the movie is more frustrating than touching, It tries very hard to be a movie that "touches the soul," but it stays disconnected the entire time. Pretty much a waste of time. I love movies that are emotional that I can connect with, where the characters and their interaction is believable but this one tries too hard and completely misses.

MediaSpeye

It took a long while for me to understand what was going on and my focus did waver. But, I stuck it out and I'm glad I did. I'm a Will Smith fan and I like to see that he can do a range of work as an actor and not just the comedy or action roles. It was touching, poignant and beautiful film for an actor of his age. Does he always have to be running, flying, jumping, or dodging robots and aliens to keep fans and critics happy? Should he just do a jigga dance, black up and be done? Get used to it as I think the action movie scripts are probably going to be less of a attraction to Will.

MediaSpeye

It took a long while for me to understand what was going on and my focus did waver. But, I stuck it out and I'm glad I did. I'm a Will Smith fan and I like to see that he can do a range of work as an actor and not just the comedy or action roles. It was touching, poignant and beautiful film for an actor of his age. Does he always have to be running, flying, jumping, or dodging robots and aliens to keep fans and critics happy? Should he just do a jigga dance, black up and be done? Get used to it as I think the action movie scripts are probably going to be less of a attraction to Will.

raven77

I personally LOVED the movie... I loved the fact I didn't know what the hell was going on, right up until the end.. Oh and I don't understand people who try to make other people believe that it was a great movie.. Everyone is entitled to their opinion.. people have different tastes, you can't make someone like something... :)

raven77

I personally LOVED the movie... I loved the fact I didn't know what the hell was going on, right up until the end.. Oh and I don't understand people who try to make other people believe that it was a great movie.. Everyone is entitled to their opinion.. people have different tastes, you can't make someone like something... :)

tolquin

DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY ON THIS TERRIBLE FILM!!! I'm a huge Will Smith fan and seriously do not understand why he made this.......total rubbish....infact laughable film. Struggling to understand how anyone could find it worth while. Can only assume they have seen very few films previous to this one

tolquin

DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY ON THIS TERRIBLE FILM!!! I'm a huge Will Smith fan and seriously do not understand why he made this.......total rubbish....infact laughable film. Struggling to understand how anyone could find it worth while. Can only assume they have seen very few films previous to this one

km

i watched this film with my friends and i thought it was really good , it was a sad film but i really enjoyed it and would watch it again !! : )

km

i watched this film with my friends and i thought it was really good , it was a sad film but i really enjoyed it and would watch it again !! : )

Will Smith

I believe that this film was called 7 pounds because that's exactly what it deserves to gross at the box office. Spent 1hr 40 mins waiting for something brilliant to happen to compensate me for sitting through a slow monotonous, meandering storeyline. And when the punchline came (and I do mean punchline) I literally laughed histerically for over 10 minutes after the film had ended due to the absolutely ridiculous ending. Give the 1 star for the hilarous incidental and accidental comedy finale

Will Smith

I believe that this film was called 7 pounds because that's exactly what it deserves to gross at the box office. Spent 1hr 40 mins waiting for something brilliant to happen to compensate me for sitting through a slow monotonous, meandering storeyline. And when the punchline came (and I do mean punchline) I literally laughed histerically for over 10 minutes after the film had ended due to the absolutely ridiculous ending. Give the 1 star for the hilarous incidental and accidental comedy finale

Hollie

well Ids... you must be very clever! I saw the film with 5 of my friends and we were all completely shocked by the ending! I didn't have a clue! I think that it is just unfortunate that you guessed the ending as I think you would have enjoyed it more if you hadn't known what was going on 20 minutes into the film! I am a very big Will Smith fan and really enjoyed the film like most others did, however I do agree that the beginning and middle of the film was very slow and that little information was provided to cement the films structure and purpose for the viewer, as I mentioned I didnt know what was going on at points! However, i think overall that the pace of the film in the beginning added to the affect of the ending of the film, and made it more spectacular and moving.

Hollie

well Ids... you must be very clever! I saw the film with 5 of my friends and we were all completely shocked by the ending! I didn't have a clue! I think that it is just unfortunate that you guessed the ending as I think you would have enjoyed it more if you hadn't known what was going on 20 minutes into the film! I am a very big Will Smith fan and really enjoyed the film like most others did, however I do agree that the beginning and middle of the film was very slow and that little information was provided to cement the films structure and purpose for the viewer, as I mentioned I didnt know what was going on at points! However, i think overall that the pace of the film in the beginning added to the affect of the ending of the film, and made it more spectacular and moving.

Ann

lds said... Posted on Feb 02 2009 17:04 Wish we all had inquiring minds...opinions are like *holes we all have em' join the queue with MH, HELP and all the other like minded 'it has to be all about me' gems of judiciousness knowledge. I have a bit of wisdom for everyone who don't mind being enlighten...since likght travels faster than sound, people appear bright until you hear them speak...emo philips. Never be afraid to let your heart feel anothers pain...the prick you feel is there to let you know that you are human. Never be afraid to try something new...remeber, amateurs build the Ark and professionals build the Titanic....another one from emo philips. Besides MH, HELP and the like...A person often meets his/her destiney on the road he/she took to avoid it...don't fight it MH...give in..liek the Grench...I know your heart is growing.

Ann

lds said... Posted on Feb 02 2009 17:04 Wish we all had inquiring minds...opinions are like *holes we all have em' join the queue with MH, HELP and all the other like minded 'it has to be all about me' gems of judiciousness knowledge. I have a bit of wisdom for everyone who don't mind being enlighten...since likght travels faster than sound, people appear bright until you hear them speak...emo philips. Never be afraid to let your heart feel anothers pain...the prick you feel is there to let you know that you are human. Never be afraid to try something new...remeber, amateurs build the Ark and professionals build the Titanic....another one from emo philips. Besides MH, HELP and the like...A person often meets his/her destiney on the road he/she took to avoid it...don't fight it MH...give in..liek the Grench...I know your heart is growing.

Hollie

I thought this film was amazing! i agree, it takes a long time to settle in to film and I didn't fully understand what was going on until the film had ended! and at ne point I was totally confuse das to what was going on. such a good film though, i think if you didn't like it you probably didn't understand it! and to those who walked out of the cinema, you are clearly not going to understand it if you didn't see the end! all in all a very good film and I would definatley watch again!

Hollie

I thought this film was amazing! i agree, it takes a long time to settle in to film and I didn't fully understand what was going on until the film had ended! and at ne point I was totally confuse das to what was going on. such a good film though, i think if you didn't like it you probably didn't understand it! and to those who walked out of the cinema, you are clearly not going to understand it if you didn't see the end! all in all a very good film and I would definatley watch again!

Steve C

I have to agree with Jason i thought it was a really good film. Really played on the heart strings. To answer the site review "why pounds?" it means seven pounds of flesh, if you've watched the film it of thought that was obvious. Well worth watching.

Steve C

I have to agree with Jason i thought it was a really good film. Really played on the heart strings. To answer the site review "why pounds?" it means seven pounds of flesh, if you've watched the film it of thought that was obvious. Well worth watching.

lds

Had this been made practically anywhere but in the good old U S of A, it could have been an interesting and watchable film. Unfortunately, American sentimemtality is layered too thick and the incredulity chasm too wide to permit any enjoyment of what is basically an intriguing little plot. If your intellect requires nothing more than an extra-sad and depressing episode of "Little House on the Prairie" for entertainment, then this is the film for you.

lds

Had this been made practically anywhere but in the good old U S of A, it could have been an interesting and watchable film. Unfortunately, American sentimemtality is layered too thick and the incredulity chasm too wide to permit any enjoyment of what is basically an intriguing little plot. If your intellect requires nothing more than an extra-sad and depressing episode of "Little House on the Prairie" for entertainment, then this is the film for you.

Laura

This film is really touching & a great watch. People may knock Smiths performance in this film, but considering he's playing an extremely depressed character.. I think he did an excellent job. It had me choked up within 10 minutes & all I wanted to know was.. why? Excellent. Excellent. Excellent.

Laura

This film is really touching & a great watch. People may knock Smiths performance in this film, but considering he's playing an extremely depressed character.. I think he did an excellent job. It had me choked up within 10 minutes & all I wanted to know was.. why? Excellent. Excellent. Excellent.

captainsexy

Film critics have 2 flaws. 1 they do not like to be emotionally starred, 2 they defend and overestimate British cinema. The first isssue apply to this thought provocking film. To be seen especially if you ever contemplated suicide. Muccino makes beautiful films that ask the viewer to tune into their heart and soul to appreciate them. Rise above your belief, faith and conviction and let the movie take you on a journey, you'll end up strengthened and somehow moved to do more with your life.

captainsexy

Film critics have 2 flaws. 1 they do not like to be emotionally starred, 2 they defend and overestimate British cinema. The first isssue apply to this thought provocking film. To be seen especially if you ever contemplated suicide. Muccino makes beautiful films that ask the viewer to tune into their heart and soul to appreciate them. Rise above your belief, faith and conviction and let the movie take you on a journey, you'll end up strengthened and somehow moved to do more with your life.

Andy B

Looking at some of the comments, this film has really divided people. I was disappointed I must say. I love Will Smith and the film was quite hyped up, especially the dramatic reveal at the end, so I thought it'd be for me. However, I found it quite predictable and worked out how the film was going to end after about 20 minutes. I then had to watch as my prediction unfolded slowly over 2 hours - really slow pace. I can therefore see why people didn't watch it to the end, but I'm glad I stuck it out as the last 10 minutes upped the pace and were quite moving. Was it worth the wait for the good ending? Probably, but only just!

Andy B

Looking at some of the comments, this film has really divided people. I was disappointed I must say. I love Will Smith and the film was quite hyped up, especially the dramatic reveal at the end, so I thought it'd be for me. However, I found it quite predictable and worked out how the film was going to end after about 20 minutes. I then had to watch as my prediction unfolded slowly over 2 hours - really slow pace. I can therefore see why people didn't watch it to the end, but I'm glad I stuck it out as the last 10 minutes upped the pace and were quite moving. Was it worth the wait for the good ending? Probably, but only just!

Hanna and Emma

I went to see this film on saturday and have to say i didn't get one bit of it. It was so boring we ended up leaving before the end! Can someone explain it please!

Hanna and Emma

I went to see this film on saturday and have to say i didn't get one bit of it. It was so boring we ended up leaving before the end! Can someone explain it please!

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