Add This to Your Netflix Queue: Seven Pounds

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:


About Aaron

Aaron is a follower of Jesus. He's married to his smokin' hot wife Laura and is the father of three adorable girls. He enjoys a robust cigar, a complex root beer, a good movie, writing, football, thought-provoking books, and rousing discussions about subjects you're not supposed to talk about (like theology and politics). Religious people irritate him (because he once was one). He's on a quest to find the perfect dry rub and sauce for ribs.
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2 Responses to Add This to Your Netflix Queue: Seven Pounds

  1. William Dyer says:

    Most people i know hated the movie but i liked it a lot

    • Aaron says:

      I liked it as well. I get sick of most movies with “happily ever after” endings. This one didn’t have that.

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