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Seven Pounds

Seven Pounds

Gabriele Muccino (2008)

117min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Following their collaboration on The Pursuit of Happyness in 2006, director Gabriele Muccino and Will Smith make a more strenuous lunge at our heartstrings with this unusual, overwrought drama. There's not a glimmer of the cheeky smile that has made Smith a box-office king; instead he reveals his serious side as Ben Thomas, a taxman on a quest for atonement for a past incident. Using the powers of his job, he drops in on seven struggling citizens, with plans to help them out of trouble. Cardiac patient Emily (Rosario Dawson) becomes his top priority when he finds himself falling for her, but storm clouds inevitably gather. Dawson brings humour and vitality to her role (despite the dodgy ticker), but that could have been better channelled in the finale where Muccino cranks up the melodrama to gratingly thunderous levels. The precise nature of Smith's mission is only gradually unveiled up to this point and that, along with the chemistry of its stars, is what ultimately may hold the interest for some.

Summary

A man haunted by a tragedy he caused seeks redemption. Assuming his tax inspector brother's identity to gain access to people's private records, he sets out to atone by helping seven seemingly unconnected strangers with their problems - only to fall in love with one of the people he assists. Drama, starring Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson and Barry Pepper.

Cast & Crew

Ben Thomas Will Smith
Emily Posa Rosario Dawson
Ezra Turner Woody Harrelson
Dan Barry Pepper
Ben's brother Michael Ealy
Connie Tepos Elpidia Carrillo
George Ristuccia Bill Smitrovich
Stewart Goodman Tim Kelleher
Sarah Jenson Robinne Lee
Director Gabriele Muccino
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Sony Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 16 Jan 2009

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