Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Seven Pounds. C-

Though 'Seven Pounds' finale doesn't follow the traditional conventional Hollywood ending, the movie still felt painted over with the sentimintality and mish-mash of a studio picture. This is a movie that's trying to be different. It doesn't want to be the run-of-the-mill tearjerker. It aspires to be something more, but ends up being much less. 'Seven Pounds' (from the director of 'The Pursuit of Happiness') is a preposterous, melancholy drama that contains hardly an ounce of realism. Will Smith plays the central character, an IRS agent named Ben Thomas who has decided to help seven strangers in order to redeem himself for past mistakes. The trailer for the film kept the story closely guarded, so I'll do the same. It's a movie that you don't want to know too much about because it relies heavily on a secrets not told until the end of the story. If there's any redeeming qualities to the movie it would in the performances. Will Smith, after showing he can handle dramatic roles in 'The Pursuit of Happiness' is excellent as Thomas. He's matched by Rosario Dawson, a woman who Thomas decides to help and then becomes romantically involved with. 'Seven Pounds' tries to give us moments of tenderness and beauty, such as when Smith and Dawson share a special meal together or go lounge about in a field. But it all felt very contrived and phony. It was too easy to see that these were actors on a movie set instead of real people in real life. 'Seven Pounds' has a bitter end but a sweet closing scene. But my reaction to the movie wasn't bitter-sweet. I was just rolling my eyes and feeling annoyed.

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