|Film Review: Seven Pounds starring Will Smith|
I went to the cinema to watch Seven Pounds, a film starring Will Smith and directed by Gabriele Muccino. Muccino directed the highly successful 2006 picture The Pursuit of Happyness. I went in not knowing much about the story and somehow thinking it would be a feel good movie. I loved the pursuit of happyness and went to see this film on the strength of the combination of Smith and Muccino.
The leader character is played by Will Smith. The character is an IRS inspector looking for people to help. I won't say anymore as it will ruin the story and any suspense.
The film reminded me slightly of Meet Joe Black starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins. There is no similarity in the storyline but the tone of the film was similar in some ways.
I have to say that I found the film dragged on too much, was way too sad and had no upside. I came out of the cinema feeling a little cheated and semi suicidal. Perhaps they should have a new SD rating for films such as this. SD - Seriously Depressing. I doubt they will have tremendous DVD sales of this movie as I doubt it is a film that people would want to watch a second time let alone over and over.
It actually amazes me that a major studio green lighted this film. In contrast you have Slumdog Millionaire which is also pretty sad and gruesome in some places but you connect with the characters and follow their journey. It is quite an original film and very well shot on the streets of Mumbai.
My advice, unless you like overly sad films avoid Seven Pounds like the plague!
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