Academy Award® nominee Will Smith stars in the drama “Seven Pounds,” re-teaming with the director and producers of “The Pursuit of Happyness” for the emotional story of a man who will change the lives of seven strangers.
Will Smith has played many dramatic parts lately but none as traumatic and sad as the one he plays here. His character has caused the deaths of seven individuals including his wife and he makes the decision to literally give a “Pound of Flesh” for each one to pay for his self assessed crimes. This is a rather tragic worldview where a man attempts to pay for his sins in a most inappropriate way.
Besides the depressing worldview, the film has many flashback scenes and it takes all 118 minutes before you can put all the pieces together. Unfortunately, by the time you do, you are left feeling more than a little empty.
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