Will Smith seems to be on a “Messiah” trip lately. His most recent movies (The Pursuit of Happyness, I Am Legend, Hancock) all have had elements of sacrifice, saving others, etc. Seven Pounds is no different in that regard. What is different, however, is the emotional impact.
Seven Pounds is devastating (at least it was for me).
Here’s the IMBD non-spoiler description:
Haunted by a secret, Ben Thomas looks for redemption by radically transforming the lives of seven people he doesn’t know. Once his plan is set, nothing will be able to stop him. At least that’s what he thinks. But Ben hadn’t planned on falling in love with one of these people and she’s the one who will end up transforming him.
If you don’t know what the deal is with this film, I won’t spoil it for you. All I’m saying is that what stuck out in this movie for me is the painful effects of making another person–a flawed, imperfect person–your reason for living. What’s the most devastating thing about this film is watching a guy trying to cope with his personal pain in the most extreme of ways… and never finding peace.
So, one could make the point that this movie is all about sacrifice, but I think it’s more about trying to deal with personal pain in the most extreme way and not finding real resolution. That’s what’s so emotionally devastating.
Seven Pounds is slow moving at points, and the plot is a bit of a stretch. Even so, bring your tissues.
Here’s the trailer: