zaterdag 30 mei 2009

Seven Pounds

I remember seeing Will Smith for the first time as a young boy in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, a sitcom that needed an actor with his kind of comic drive. And when you look at his later blockbusters, they are mostly comedies (Men in Black, Wild Wild West, Hancock) and action movies (Independence Day, I, Robot, I am Legend, Enemy of the State). But recently he has started to dive into the realm of drama and character movies. Ali was his first try, and more recently we had the Pursuit of Happyness and now 7 Pounds.

The less you know about this movie, the better. They already give away too much in the first 2 minutes of the movie, and it would have been so much more interesting if they hadn't explained why the main character was calling who he was calling. Maybe just plug your ears during the first 3 minutes and you'll have a great movie that will keep you guessing till the end. Otherwise, it is a very predictable (but well-played) movie that will slowly drag on till the end.

So, what can I tell you about the movie without spoiling the fun.
- First, it is too long. It would have been perfectly possible to cut 15 minutes and save some film.
- Secondly, Will Smith is excellent and so are all the supporting roles. Especially Rosario Dawson and Woody Harrelson shine as Emily and Ezra.
- Finally, if you like a good tense drama, and manage to stay in the dark till then end, you will love it. Otherwise you might be disappointed.

An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.

Quote from 7 pounds :

Ben Thomas: [From trailer] In seven days, God created the world. And in seven seconds, I shattered mine.

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