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Seven Pounds

Before Seven Pounds hit theaters in December of 2008 I honestly had no idea what it was about. seven_poundsIts trailer was a bit mysterious and slightly confusing. It was one of those rare moments where you see a trailer and have no idea what the movie is really about, but know that you will miss out if you do not see it. Bravo to Colombia Pictures for not giving away too much of an amazing film in its trailer. Not really knowing what I was about to get myself into I decided to Netflix Seven Pounds knowing that Will Smith very rarely disappoints (Yes I enjoyed Hancock and don’t care who knows it!). Seven Pounds circles around an IRS agent, Ben Thomas, who inadvertently causes a car accident killing his wife along with seven strangers. After the brutal accident Ben Thomas sinks deep into depression, as the eight deaths weigh heavy on his soul. The film takes the audience on a journey of redemption as Will Smith’s character seeks forgiveness through seven, selfless acts of kindness; kindness that will inevitably change, and even save, seven, deserving individuals. From the start Ben Thomas has a clear agenda and does not seem to let emotions or obstacles stand in his way. That is until he meets Emily Rosa played by Rosario Dawson (rawrrrrrr). Emily soon shows Ben how to love again, derailing his ultimate goal.

Now I will not say much more than that because this movie is so incredibly shocking that giving away anymore would only ruin the feeling I got the first time I saw it. The sacrifices that Ben Thomas makes for the seven strangers are breath taking. It portrays a part of the human condition that is rarely shown in cinema and not to mention in real life. A section of humanity that is so selfless and so endearing that when you see this movie it seems so unreal. Seldom do you hear stories of individuals risking everything in order to help the guy beside them. There are usually only stories of guy beaten to death as bystanders sit and watch silently. Of course you want to believe in a hero like this but when you stop and look at the world around you, it is hard to see how it is possible. This movie grabs your soul and squeezes every ounce of emotion out of it until the credits roll. By the end you do not know if you should cry or smile, but you definitely have renewed faith in humanity.

The cinematography fits in perfectly with the emotion of the script. Director Gabriele Muccino, who also directed Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happiness (2006), portrays this heart felt story to perfection. His images are strong and unyielding. At no point in this movie does Muccino hold back. He is constantly attacking the audience with emotional imagery. There are endless close-ups of the characters, putting you in their shoes as they deal with their tribulations. There is one scene in particular that struck a chord with me. Ben Thomas goes to a retirement home to see a guy who he thinks might be deserving of one of the seven acts of kindness. He soon realizes that the man has been mistreating the elderly patients. Will smith has a scene where he sits down beside one of the patients and asks her what kind of man the director is. She soon starts sobbing and shacking telling Ben that she is being punished. There is this amazing close up of Will Smith leaning into his hand where all you can see is his eyes. He attempts to stay strong for the elderly lady, but cannot fight the wave of emotion as he starts to tear. This image was incredibly powerful and set the tone for the rest of the movie. Let’s be honest any time Will Smith cries in a movie its instant water works! The movie also has an overall drab feel to it. The colors are very minimal and the lighting very dim. As this might not seem very intriguing or beautiful to watch, it is. It is beautiful in the fact that it fits perfectly into the emotion of the movie. And of course no good sob movie would be complete without constant emotional runs through pouring rain.

Seven Pounds gives you everything you need out of a movie; a good solid plot, great connection to the characters, and an ending that will leave you breathless and thinking for days. My advice is to go out and rent this movie, better yet buy it, because Seven Pounds is definitely one of those movies you want in your collection for years to come.