Movie Details


Ben Thomas (Will Smith) is an IRS agent who is depressed and guilt-ridden about the mistakes from his past. He then sets out to make amends by helping seven strangers. When he meets Emily (Rosario Dawson), a beautiful woman with a heart condition, he falls in love with her, thereby complicating his plans. Woody Harrelson also appears as a blind pianist who befriends Ben.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 1 Jan 2009
Genre: Drama / Romance
Running Time: 2 Hours 3 Minutes
Cast: Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson
Director: Gabriele Muccino
Format: NA


Writer: Syahida Kamarudin

Writer Ratings:

Watch this if you liked: "The Pursuit of Happiness," "21 Grams"

There can be only two outcomes as you walk out from the hall after watching "Seven Pounds". You either yawn, or try to hide away your tears. Although neither the poster nor the very boring trailer help much, if you could persevere a little, this movie might touch your heart.

However, patience isn't a quality everybody has. And thus, "Seven Pounds" might be one of those 'good' films that get forgotten all too quickly because of its long melancholic approach from minute one till the end. Perhaps director Gabriele Muccino wanted to chart and capture the lead character's emotions through a decidedly sombre presentation. Instead of capturing your attention however, it makes the movie too slow and draggy.

Will Smith gives a competent performance as the Ben Thomas, a familiar portrayal from his other movies like "I Am Legend" or "The Pursuit of Happiness". One can see the misery that his character feels, although his acting is 'softer' in this movie compared to the other two. On the other hand, Rosario Dawson does well as Emily Posa, a woman suffering from a heart problem and becomes the concern of Smith's character.

Plot-wise, it is commendable. However, the climax is too far near the end and the movie risks losing its attraction before it can unveil the mystery of the whole story that it so desperately needed. It's like driving in a safari and seeing only monkeys and more monkeys - by the time you get to the lions, they don't even roar.

This is a movie for those who are patient enough, or those who love Will Smith enough, or those very interested in the subject of death and retribution.

Cinema Online, 18 February 2009
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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