SEVEN POUNDS was recommended to me by someone - I mentioned I had been considering seeing it for a while, and they finally pushed me into going ahead and doing it. I am very glad that I did. It is perhaps the first film in a few years which has stayed with me for longer than just the time it takes to watch the credits roll by. But to explain why it has done so may be quite hard to do - at least without giving something away.
The story follows Ben Thomas (Will Smith), a man who is wracked with guilt at things he has done in his past. Realising that he has the ability to change the lives of other people, he decides to make amends by helping seven deserving strangers. However, when he meets Emily his plans become entangled with his own emotions - as he helps her, he falls in love with her. But if he explains what brought him into her life, it could mean jeopardising his whole plan.
That is all I can say about the plot. It took a long time for me to get to grips with this film - perhaps for a good half of it, I really didn't have a clue what was going on. However, as things start to build up for the climax and what has been happening slowly becomes apparent, you understand completely. Everything falls into place, and when it does, your emotions will more than likely go through the whole spectrum that there is to feel. Although you could argue that a lot of poetic justice has had to be used for this plotline, regardless of that, I think the emotions that you experience through watching this film, and connecting with it, will leave you satisfied evn if you start to think, "Yeah, but that couldn't happen..."
An excellent film. Brilliant acting from all. And, yes, Smith truly shines in this role.