Seven Pounds

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

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Studio Sony
SKU 210722006
UPC 043396249158
UPC 14 00043396249158
Format DVD
Release Date 9/7/2010
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Awards
Image Award (2009) Rosario Dawson, Nominee, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture,Seven Pounds, Nominee, Outstanding Motion Picture,Will Smith, Nominee, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Reviews
ReviewSource DVD Talk
Review 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.
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Reviewer Brian Orndorf
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
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Video Format DVD
Quotes
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...unabashedly emotional and cautiously hopeful. It's the feel-good movie for these feel-bad times.
Jackie K. Cooper, JackieKCooper.com Will Smith gives the best performance of his career in a movie that pounds on your heart.
Jeff Craig, Sixty Second Preview Will Smith could not be better in Seven Pounds, delivering a magnificent star turn in this heartfelt and harrowing drama.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle A spiritual successor to "The Pursuit of Happyness," but darker and more oblique.
Pete Hammond, Hollywood.com 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.

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