Movie Review: Seven Pounds

It's that time of the year when we're due for a Will Smith drama. No wise-cracking comedy featuring one of the most likable on-screen actors, but a pained performance from Will Smith.

Unfortunately, Seven Pounds is soooo depressing that it became a frustating watch for me.

The story is about the quest for redemption of an IRS agent named Ben Thomas (Will Smith). He selects seven strangers whom he will share his "gifts." The drama lies in his path to reaching out to the seven people (which includes characters played by Rosario Dawson and Woody Harrelson) and the romantic angle between Smith and Dawson. I never really sympathized with Smith's character because at the back of my mind, I never saw the sincerity of the generosity in the character.

The film starts very slow as it does not reveal what Ben was really intending to do until the middle of the film. I guess that was what director Gabriele Muccino wanted to achieve-- a sense of discovery and understanding why Ben was doing what he was doing. The movie uses flashbacks so that the viewers can piece together the story. The story unravels towards the end when Ben reveals his big secret.

Over-all, Seven Pounds is depressing and dull-- two adjectives you don't want to describe a Will Smith movie.

Rating: 2.5/5

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