Who cares about your favourite 100 films when your most hated 100 is far more interesting and illuminating. If I…
Seven names. Seven strangers. One secret.
An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.
I already passionately despised the previous Smith-Muccino collaboration, Pursuit of Happyness, but I was willing to write it off as that one dud every director has. However, having just seen what has to be one of the most self-important pieces of incoherent twaddle of all time, I am certain that my relationship with Muccino is more than just off to a bad start. My policy of trying my best to avoid reading about a film before going into has often provided to be a pleasing practice but it's in times like this I deeply regret doing so. By the IMDb synopsis alone I already would've been prepared to hate this:
“A man with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary…
Confidently made and mildly intriguing, Seven Pounds is certainly a watchable film. Unfortunately, it is built around it's twist ending and has nothing to offer prior to that. The director accomplished what he wanted with the ending. But effective discomfort isn't enough to warrant an engaging film. It's not much more than an emotionally draining ending to a rather simple story. And for that, I can't say i'd touch this thing again.
One of the top 10 movies of 2008. I am a big fan of Will Smith, but was a little disappointed with Hancock last year. This time Will Smith was great in Seven Pounds playing an IRS agent who seems to be doing a lot of people several favors for no apparent reason. Several critics found this movie slow and boring, but I never felt bored in this film and found it a very interesting melodrama. Seven Pounds grabbed my attention from the opening scene and I found myself trying to figure out what was going on. Halfway through the movie I kind of figured out where everything was leading too but that didnt ruin the movie for me because…
On Angelo Milli’s soundtrack to this movie, there’s a track called Requiem. My guess is it’s likely to provoke one of two reactions: eyes rolling at the cheesiness of it all, or eyes closed for the whole 9 minutes 49 seconds of its duration, admiring the pathos and the beauty.
Perhaps it’ll be the same with the entire movie. You might look at it as one of Will Smith’s misplaced “I guess I should try to be an actor once in a while” moments, an embarrassing exercise in emotional manipulation where sanctimoniousness is mixed with sentimentalism just about as subtle as Smith stopping that locomotive in the same year’s Hancock.
Or you will see it as a beautiful fairytale celebrating…
This is genuinely one of the most powerful films that I have ever seen, and it breaks my heart with every viewing.
Seven Pounds tells an emotionally complex story about one man's journey of redemption, concluding with a dramatic impact that, whilst you are in some ways prepared for it, will tear you apart. However, I haven't read many good reviews for this film on Letterboxd so far, which is shocking as I saw the film in the cinema with a group of boys and we all cried. I guess it isn't for everybody, but I find it incredibly underrated and is it one of my favourite films, and one of few that I can watch over and over again…
A heavy movie, one you watch once and then keep on the shelf for a few years before viewing again. Very satisfying ending, though.
Bland, badly paced, and forgettable.
Who can argue with the selfless nobility of Will Smith? Not many people is the correct answer. Will Smith is one of the very few actors to begin life on TV and trangress to films, both comedic and serious with what seems like effortless ease. And maybe despite Wild Wild West, I struggle to think of a film where I didnt like Will Smith.
Seven Pounds works first time round, and the impact is outstanding. It loses something on a second viewing, but I've seen this at least 4 times now and still enjoy it. The reason, is the subject matter and seeing Will Smith battle himself racked with guilt and demons. Its very hard to write about this without…
When this film got released I had no interest in watching it because this seemed like that kind of a follow-up to 'Pursuit of Happyness' and today I stand uncorrected.
To make it less melodramatic, the story is delivered to us in fragments and non-linearly which doesn't work as just shuffling scenes has nothing to do with the emotional crux of any story, it is the substance in the story that does. And the substance in Seven Pounds is melodrama.
There is a scene where Will Smith's character Ben sits on a rock by the ocean and cries silently looking ahead probably at the ghost of his wife, this scene resonates the loneliness and guilt of the character very similarly…
Seven Pounds pushes past the point of absurdity while seeking to manipulate emotions for the sake of the manipulation. The acting was great, but I'm not sure I've ever seen such a concoction of the morbid mixed with sentimentality. Baffling.
Will Smith steals every scene, as always, but some great supporting roles here by Woody Harrelson as the blind pianist and Rosario Dawson as the woman with heart failure. Despite the dark theme, it is an artful movie. The DVD’s special features include seven interviews with the director, editor, etc. Very insightful, and a fascinating look into the directing style of Gabriele Muccino.
An overlong, meandering tale of guilt and sacrifice. I think the story itself could have been told with more power via a linear, compact story-line, but this unusual technique does manage to distract from some of the larger plot-holes. Will Smith's emotional distance also moves us away from sentimentality - one scene near the beginning works well to confuse us as to his true character. The air of mystery is intriguing, but I doubt it work on a second viewing.
In the end, it all feels a bit empty - it's hard to understand our odd, emotionless protagonist, much less his motivations for what he does. The Christological theme was interesting, but given where the film ends up, unnecessary and incorrect.
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