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Seven Pounds
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by Jack Sommersby

"Smith as Robot in non-'I, Robot' Film"
1 stars

Its main function is to serve as a launching pad for another undeserved Will Smith Oscar nomination, yet it's the cineplexers who'll pay the price in more ways than one.

Though he's received Oscar nominations for Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness, Will Smith is still more of a movie star than an actor, an entertainer than a dramatic interpreter, as his newest film, the asinine Seven Pounds, more than demonstrates. As a guilt-ridden I.R.S. agent unselfishly seeking to help out seven complete strangers (I assume the title is derived from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, where a sinner would give a pound of their flesh as atonement for a sin) Smith's Ben Thomas is a zombified wreck of a man so dead inside he walks like someone on their way to a public hanging. For a good while we're not quite sure where exactly Ben is coming from; we do know, however, that he's got oodles of internal demons and guilt gnawing away at him like ants at an apple core. In St. Nick mode ludicrously using an I.R.S. ID like a cop badge to gain entry into places (like Tom Cruise just as dubiously did with his medical credentials in Eyes Wide Shut), he involves himself with, among others, a blind telephone customer service agent, a battered woman with two young children, a lifelong best friend, and a twentysomething woman on the waiting list for a heart transplant, with most of the attention concentrated on the latter whom he quickly falls in love with. Before long we're given peeps into a reality he's doing his best to suppress involving a caring wife and concerned older brother. As is more than apparent in the dramatically-obvious screenplay, Ben starts to let his guard down when in the company of those he's aiding yet quickly closes up when shards of "reality" threaten to tear apart the impersonal docility he desperately toils over to maintain. Yes, folks, eventually we're given a flashback to the root of it all; and, yes, it's just as hackneyed as you'll probably surmise. The generally poor writing by Grant Nieporte is to be expected from someone whose paltry resume consists of one episode of Sabrina: The Teenage Witch and two of the late John Ritter's last sitcom -- just about every scene, like in most TV fare, has its own built-in climax to uncouthly sustain interest for thirty-second attention spans; and the director, Gabriele Muccino, who also did the equally-odious Happyness, works at a funeral pace and possesses not the faintest clue how to use the camera expressively -- the writing gains absolutely nothing from being filmed. But it all comes down to the protagonist, and Smith, sublimating his considerable alert reserve, just doesn't have the stuff to open himself up to the camera and convey genuine vulnerability like, say, Adam Sandler admirably did with a similar character in the much-better Reign Over Me. We all know, though, based on box-office returns of Smith's, that Seven Pounds will likely take in its fair share of Yuletide dollars this holiday season -- even if, ultimately, a lump of coal would be preferable.

OK, it makes the most creative use of a jellyfish in a motion picture, I'll admit.

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originally posted: 12/17/08 16:32:33
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User Comments

4/15/18 Joe Smaltz Gave up after an hr. Tired of waiting for a plot. 1 stars
7/28/11 Joel Fox Excellent fim. 5 stars
1/20/10 Stanley Thai A pretentious thriller where Will Smith plays an unsympathetic character. 2 stars
11/21/09 mr.mike Well worth seeeing - on cable. 4 stars
6/28/09 Joe Smaltz Good cinamatography, directing, acting, editing. Horseshit story, backasswards! 2 stars
4/27/09 Lana Good writing, very good photography, excellent acting; a good movie and worth seeing! 4 stars
1/29/09 Bert Kaplan a downright dud. 2 stars
1/28/09 Lucas Jack Somersby needs to watch this movie again since ihe did not understand most of themovie 5 stars
12/30/08 Luisa Great acting from Will Smith. Good story. 4 stars
12/30/08 sweetgrrl1972 One of the most tense and depressing movies of all time 2 stars
12/28/08 Samantha Pruitt why ids everyone hating on this movie? Smith and Dawson are great. 4 stars
12/26/08 Yolanda I liked the movie. Smith and Dawson were great! 4 stars
12/23/08 Eric I disagree - my two friends and I figured this movie out in first 15 mins. Made it more sad 4 stars
12/22/08 Kork Klogz Wow, what a stunning performance by Rosario Dawson. Luv'd her, hated the movie! 4 stars
12/21/08 jackson elles pretentious, confusing, and frustrating 2 stars
12/20/08 michele Rosario Dawson steals the show,worth watching just to see her on film,the carmera loves her 4 stars
12/19/08 Syl Mac The movie was an hour and 50 mins tooo long! It was very predictable and tooo slow. 2 stars
12/19/08 Gary It was very depressing 2 stars
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  19-Dec-2008 (PG-13)
  DVD: 31-Mar-2009


  DVD: 31-Mar-2009

Directed by
  Gabriele Muccino

Written by
  Grant Nieporte

  Will Smith
  Rosario Dawson
  Woody Harrelson

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