DVD Review – Seven Pounds

July 27, 2009 at 9:55 am | Posted in DVD, DVD Film, Reviews | Leave a comment

I love Will Smith movies, as a rule, so I settled down to watch this one with anticipation.  I was initially very disappointed, in fact I thought about turning it off after about the first 15 minutes.  Perseverance, however, does occasionally have its rewards and this was one of those times.

The storyline (without giving anything away) revolves around Will Smith’s character, known as Ben.  We see flashes of his past, but mostly see him in the present as he meets various people who are waiting for, or in the process of receiving organ donations – liver, kidney, bone marrow etc.  He seems to be checking out the lives of these people, finding out if they have good morals etc.  In the process these meetings, he meets Emily.  Unexpectedly to Ben (but not so much to the audience!!) he falls in love with her.   This could, potentially ruin everything for Ben.

The storyline was sometimes a little tedious for my liking.  However I loved the attention to detail, particularly in relation to Ben’s pet – a box jellyfish which plays an important role in drawing the story together.  This may sound like a bit of a contradiction, but sometimes the details are what really makes a film good – even if the storyline itself feels a little bit like it is a short story which has been drawn out to the furthest extent.

Perhaps my liking of Will Smith makes me a little biased, as I thought his acting was once again superb.  In fact, the actors are all very good.  The characters are believable and mostly like-able (except for one particular character who wasn’t intended to be!).

I went from fairly apathetic at the start of the movie to being very, very close to tears at the end.  It is a pretty good movie overall, and well worth a watch – just remember to have a box of tissues handy if you tend to cry at the movies!

Reviewed by Joy

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