what you promised"
Ben Thomas (Smith)
might just seem to be an average IRS agent but he has a secret that he can
only share with a chosen few. He has the power to completely change the
lives of seven people but this is a gift that he is not giving away lightly
but as Ben gets to know one of his chosen seven, Emily (Dawson) a young
woman with a terminal heart problem, things start to change. As his journey
is about to reach its climax, he discovers in Emily something good again
but could it be too late?
There is another
side to Will Smith's career that sees him move away from his blockbuster
persona and show what a good actor he actually is and 'Seven Pounds' is
one of those movies but it is the correct showcase for the megastar?
Fans of Will Smith
know he can act and there is more to him than just the big budget event
movie. While he does like to appear in hits like 'I am Legend', 'Hancock',
'I, Robot', 'Independence Day' and the 'Men in Black' and the 'Bad Boys'
movies, every now and again he like to show that there is more to his talent
that just appearing in SFX filled extravaganzas. Watch him in films like
'Ali', 'Six Degrees of Separation' and 'The Pursuit of Happyness' and you
will realise that he is an actor with an abundance of talent. Working again
with 'The Pursuit of Happyness' director Gabriele Muccino, this is another
chance for Smith, the actor, to shine but it is just a shame that the story
is a little predictable.
In 'Seven Pounds',
Will Smith plays Ben Thomas, a man with a secret and a guilt that is making
him do something that will change the lives of seven people. Written by
Grant Nieporte, the story is a thriller mystery with a hint of romance thrown
in for good measure. The mystery is what is driving Smith's character to
change the lives of these seven people but the problem is that big revelation
as to what is driving Ben Cross to do what he is doing becomes a little
predictable and even signposted at times. This takes away some of the suspense
but because of the cast and Smith's presence, this is still an interesting
tale to tell.
As Ben Thomas, Will
Smith gets to show that he can act. Just as he did in 'The Pursuit of Happyness',
Smith plays an unassuming man, riddled with guilt but fines himself opening
up to a woman, when he really shouldn't be. That woman is played by the
beautiful and talented Rosario Dawson, who, as Emily Posa, is the person
who could scupper Ben's plan and take him away from his path. There is also
a pivotal role for Woody Harrelson as blind man Ezra Turner and Barry Pepper
as Ben's friend Dan. Elpidia Carrillo also stands out as Connie Tepos, a
woman who really needs to get away from her abusive husband.
With a good cast
and some excellent performances, the predictability of 'Seven Pounds' still
makes for an enjoyable tale. Will Smith simply doesn't make bad movie and
while it might not be the most original, the presence of the superstar actor
alone makes this worth your time.
The Blu-Ray disc presents
the movie in High Definition wide screen 1:85 up to 1080p, with Dolby
TrueHD 5.1 surround sound.
Commentary with Director
The French director and the man who worked with Will Smith on his first
Hollywood feature 'The Pursuit of Happyness', talks passionately about
'Seven Pounds'. The man at the helm discusses the editing decisions made
for the film, casting, the script, development of the characters and working
with Will Smith again. This is a decent single person commentary from
an interesting director.
Seven Views on Seven Pounds
Writer Grant Nieporte, producers Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and James
Lassiter, director Gabriele Muccino, location manager Kei Rowan-Young,
editor Hughes Winborne and star Will Smith talk about bringing 'Seven
Pounds' to the silver screen.
Creating the Perfect Ensemble
(12.58 mins/High Definition)
Director Gabriele Muccino and casting director Denise Chamian talk about
casting Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, Michael Ealy and
Barry Pepper for 'Seven Pounds'.
The Box Jellyfish: The World's
deadliest co-star (4.58 mins/High Definition)
See how Box Jellyfish is the deadliest killer in the world and the starring
role in 'Seven Pounds'.
Emily's Passion: The Art
of the Printing Press (8.44 mins/High Definition)
See the history of the printing press in the US and the research Rosario
Dawson did into her role's profession.
Deleted Scenes (High Definition)
Entitled 'Ben leaves a message for Dan', 'Dr. Gatsinaris confronts Ben',
'Ben gets Duke' and 'Ben watches Ezra at the Mall #2', these deleted scenes
suffer from the lack of commentary track or introduction to say why they
Previews of 'Angels & Demons', 'Rachel getting Married', 'Nick & Norah's
Infinite Play List', 'Not easily Broken', 'Hancock' and 'The Pursuit of
The Blu-Ray treatment for 'Seven
Pounds' is one that fans of the film would enjoy. The commentary is good
and the featurettes cover most aspects of the film's production and some
background information on the movie, which is very welcome, making this
a little better than the normal, run of the mill Blu-Ray release.
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