{19 January 2009}   Review: Seven Pounds

Not much can be said about Will Smith‘s latest film, without divulging too much information about the plot. This is the sort of film you have to watch blind, with no idea of what’s to come, or the experience will be ruined.

The story unfolds gently, though in places a little too slowly. There are plenty of moments which leave you guessing, or feeling confused, but by the end of the film everything makes sense. Make sure to bring your tissues along, because tears will be shed in one of the most painfully passionate stories ever crafted for the big screen.

From start to finish the acting is breathtaking. Smith steals the show with a dramatic performance that invokes strong emotion and empathy from the audience, but he is supported by a flawless array of characters, each played with precise art and passion to create a mesmerising display. Supporting actors include Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, Michael Ealy and Barry Pepper, each providing their own powerful edge to the film.

If you’re very sensitive, make sure you don’t watch it alone, and pay close attention to the details in order to get the best out of it. Seven Pounds is one of the most heart-wrenching films ever made, tackling issues of love and redemption in a beautifully crafted masterpeice that will stay with you long after you’ve finished watching it.


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