Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Seven Pounds (2008) PG13 - 4½ Stars

What's not to love about this very emotional drama. I'm not sure why it didn't get better reviews as it's absolutely a great movie. Will Smith is outstanding in his role as the empty shell of a man plagued with quilt, trying to do the right thing. I think he should have won the Oscar for his portrayal. Smith is on a mission to give seven very special gifts to seven different people, that will change their lives forever. You don't see much in the trailer to give away the story and even though at times it slows down, Smith just immerses you into strong feelings of emotions. I don't want to give too much away in this one as you need to experience the entire movie almost blindly. The pet jelly fish is such an unusually sensual twist to the story.

Ben Thomas (Will Smith), assumes the identity of his younger brother (Michael Ealy), and posses as an IRS agent. He sets out in search of redemption and winds up meeting, and unexpectedly falling in love with one of his clients, Emily Posa (Rosario Dawson). Along the way, he will meet and change the live of seven different strangers.

Sony Pictures Releasing
Director: Gabriele Muccino
Writer: Grant Nieporte
Producers: Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Todd Black
I viewed 4/09

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