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Seven Pounds (2008)

Director: Gabriele Muccino     Starring: Will Smith Rosario Dawson
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Format: DVD
Sku: 210722006
UPC: 043396249158
UPC 14: 00043396249158
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Seven Names. Seven Strangers. One Secret.
An irs agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.

"...unabashedly emotional and cautiously hopeful. It's the feel-good movie for these feel-bad times.  Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Will Smith gives the best performance of his career in a movie that pounds on your heart.  Jackie K. Cooper, JackieKCooper.com
"Will Smith could not be better in Seven Pounds, delivering a magnificent star turn in this heartfelt and harrowing drama.  Jeff Craig, Sixty Second Preview
"A spiritual successor to "The Pursuit of Happyness," but darker and more oblique.  Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A life changing motion picture you will not easily forget. Will Smith is at his best. One from the heart and good for the soul.  Pete Hammond, Hollywood.com

Editor's Note
Gabriele Muccino (THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS) directs this tale of a man devastated by a tragedy in his past who is seeking redemption. To the outside world, Ben Thomas (Will Smith) is a cordial, atypically helpful agent for the Internal Revenue Service. But when he's alone, Ben is tormented by a tragic incident in his past, sinking into grief. He's even cut off communication with his beloved brother (Michael Ealy). Nevertheless, Ben is especially interested in strangers with challenging circumstances. He's taken particular interest in Emily Posa (Rosario Dawson), a lovely young woman with congenital heart disease who is being audited by the IRS. Ben finds himself falling for Emily, and has to choose the best way to follow his heart.

Smith wears Ben's heart on his sleeve, the pain of his past loss and his impending future apparent in his face both when he is alone and when he begins to feel happiness--which he doesn't think he deserved--with Emily. He also nails Ben's pleasant work persona, masking his pain as he charms strangers and earns their trust. Dawson is beguiling as Emily, whose only wish is to have more time to experience life, especially once she finds love with Ben. With flashbacks mixed into the story, SEVEN POUNDS takes a circuitous route, saving some surprises for its end. Woody Harrelson appears as a blind man, and Barry Pepper plays Ben's best friend and confidante, Dan.

Features
Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/21/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 123 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2008
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 24915
Video UPC UPC: 00043396249158
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Seven Pounds - DVD Review
By: Blake French filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 3/20/2009 5:39 PM
Smith delivers his best performance since Ali. He's come a long way since his Fresh Prince of Bel-Air days, and his maturity as an actor is aptly demonstrated in Seven Pounds. In one of his most emotional roles to date, Smith tackles the drama fearlessly. His performance appears effortless and never feels forced or contrived. He's a breath of fresh air in an otherwise overwrought picture....read the full review
Expert Review Seven Pounds - DVD Review
By: Luigi Bastardo Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 3/30/2009 9:40 PM
Seven Pounds is one of those movies that seemed to hit the theaters and pass by virtually undetected, save for a number of negative reviews from a nation full of jaded critics who must have been anticipating another overrated futuristic science fiction/action flick starring Will Smith and a host of CGI creations. In truth, Seven Pounds is nothing like that -- it’s a human drama (which makes it a lot better than I Am Legend and I, Robot right there) that centers on the life of one very tortured man who is compelled to change the lives of seven complete strangers, having ruined the lives of seven others in the past....read the full review
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Woody Harrelson
Video Cast Info Barry Pepper
Video Cast Info Will Smith
Video Cast Info Rosario Dawson
Video Cast Info Phillipe Le Sourd - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Will Smith - Producer
Video Cast Info Domenico Procacci - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Todd Black - Producer
Video Cast Info Grant Nieporte - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Jason Blumenthal - Producer
Video Cast Info James Lassiter - Producer
Video Cast Info David Crockett - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Angelo Milli - Composer
Video Cast Info Steve Tisch - Producer
Video Cast Info Gabriele Muccino - Director

Awards


Image Award (2009)
   Video Award Name Rosario Dawson, Nominee, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Seven Pounds, Nominee, Outstanding Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Will Smith, Nominee, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"Smith gives an understated performance....Concerned with how people overcome trauma and tragedy, the film focuses on universal themes of loss, forgiveness and redemption." 12/19/2008

Chicago Sun-Times
3 stars out of 5 -- "Will Smith displays a rather impressive range of emotional speeds here....It's quite a performance." 12/17/2008

Box Office
"Cementing his reputation as the only blockbuster movie star with seemingly unflappable taste in material, Will Smith re-teams with director Gabriele Muccino to once again flex his considerable dramatic muscles in the thoughtful, engaging SEVEN POUNDS." 12/17/2008

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "SEVEN POUNDS opens strongly, intriguingly....SEVEN POUNDS delivers the stomach-kicking revelation it's been slowly building up to." 02/01/2009

DVD Talk 5 of 10
The tears flow like a raging river in "Seven Pounds," the latest Oscar-baiting step from Will Smith to solidify himself as an actor for all seasons. A murky stab at articulating emotional paralysis, "Pounds" plays dirty, selecting a path of confusion to unfurl its ache, resulting in a near absence of psychological or emotional connection the movie is absolutely desperate to conjure..."Seven Pounds" is many things, but the one quality that comes across as entirely unexpected is how much of a mystery the feature is. Director Gabriele Muccino (reteaming with Smith after their 2006 smash "The Pursuit of Happyness") and screenwriter Grant Nieporte are extremely protective of Ben's expedition of healing, using time changes and assorted masked qualities to make sure the audience has no idea what the character is ultimately hoping to attain. I'll give the production this, "Pounds" is not an easy film to predict, but this relentless ambiguity erodes the effectiveness of the overall experience, turning Ben's enigmatic misery into head-slapping filmgoing frustration...To best appreciate "Pounds" requires either hours of reflection after viewing or a second trip to the multiplex, and I'm not convinced the film is worth such dedication. The quandary is simple to indentify: to fully value Ben's journey requires knowledge of its conclusion, otherwise "Pounds" is a just a series of detached sentiment without a hub to study for maximum investment...It's difficult to paint an accurate portrait of "Seven Pounds" without giving too much away, but the end certainly doesn't justify the protracted means. If it wasn't for Dawson's tender performance elevating Smith's game, "Seven Pounds" would be just another useless tear-jerker, wishing to speak profoundly on the misery of human existence, but failing to encourage the audience to appreciate the experience. - Brian Orndorf

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
I am fascinated by films that observe a character who is behaving precisely, with no apparent motivation. A good actor brings such a role into focus, as Will Smith does in the enigmatically titled "Seven Pounds." Who is he, what does he want, why is he behaving so oddly for an IRS agent? And why won't he kiss Rosario Dawson, when they both so obviously want that to happen?...Will Smith displays a rather impressive range of emotional speeds here. He can be a tough, merciless IRS man. He can bend the rules on some cases. He can have a candlelight dinner with a beautiful woman named Emily Posa (Rosario Dawson) and go home afterward. She can sense his deep sadness. He is angry with people sometimes, but he seems angriest of all at himself. It's quite a performance...And Dawson makes Emily not simply a woman confused, maybe offended, by his behavior, but a woman of instinctive empathy, who does an emotional dance with him, following his lead when he needs to be treated like an IRS agent or like a perfect gentleman or like a man who needs understanding even if she doesn't know what she's supposed to understand...I haven't even hinted about the hidden motives in this film. Miraculously for once, even the trailers don't give anything away. I'll tell you one thing: I may have made Ben sound like an angel, but he is very much flesh and blood, and none of his actions are supernatural. He has his reasons. The director is Gabriele Muccino, who also directed Smith in "The Pursuit of Happyness." He is effective at timing the film's revelations so that they don't come suddenly like a U-turn; they're revealed at the last necessary points in the story. Some people will find it emotionally manipulative. Some people like to be emotionally manipulated. I do, when it's done well. - Roger Ebert

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