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Seven Pounds [Blu-ray] [2008] [US Import]

Will Smith , Rosario Dawson , Gabriele Muccino    Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, Michael Ealy, Barry Pepper
  • Directors: Gabriele Muccino
  • Writers: Grant Nieporte
  • Producers: Chrissy Blumenthal, David Crockett, David J. Bloomfield, Domenico Procacci, James Lassiter
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Mar 2009
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QERPAM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,493 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Synopsis

Academy Award® nominee Will Smith (2006, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, The Pursuit of Happyness) stars as Ben Thomas, a man at a crossroads searching for a way to redeem his heavy conscience. He discovers he has the power to change the circumstances of seven strangers who deserve a second chance. But when one of them captures his heart, he must decide if he should reveal his secret--even if it means giving up on his plan.

From the creators of The Pursuit of Happyness, Seven Pounds is an "emotionally charged, captivating mystery with a soulful, tender love story and a tearful but joyfully inspiring ending"--MOVIEGUIDE®.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
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.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A visual and emotional masterpiece 14 Aug 2009
Format:DVD
As someone who works in a rental store I am regularly subjected to people's opinions of films, and recently this one has been the top whinging point. The general complaints are that it's slow and hard to get through, and that the story line is confusing and cluttered.
I however disagree enormously! It's true that the first half of this film is structured in such a way that it does make it a little difficult to follow and figure out, however do you really think this is an accident? It's built like this to keep you hooked and guessing and when the point comes in the film where everything clicks it's exciting!
The story follows a troubled man, Ben Thomas (Played by Will Smith in possibly his greatest role yet) an IRS officer. From the beginning of this film you are left guessing what kind of a person he is, it starts with him abusing a bling man over the phone, but then being aparently disgusted by his behaviour. We then follow him as he does huge favours for aparently random people in need.
As the story evolves we come to realise, through flashbacks, that Ben was involved in a car accident and feels responsible for the seven deaths it resulted in, and you twig pretty soon that this is why he feels the need to better seven strangers' lives.
Complicating his plans however, Ben falls in love with one of the strangers, Emily (Played by Rosario Dawson) a young woman with a heart condition that without a transplant doesn't give her long to live.
He's left with the decision to stay and love her, but change his plans, or help her an alter their future together hugely.
This is a beautiful but heartbreaking film, which has stayed with me for days.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Spudola VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I bought this blind, only saw the trailers at the cinema and on TV but am I glad I did.

I've read criticisms of this film that its plot line is too obvious.
But my view is those who think that have missed a trick here.

How often in life do we see what's coming for us, our family, children, friends but know we can't interfere but only feel the pain?

This film to me is about those feelings, its about that Tim (Will Smith) has caused his life to discintegrate, caused pain to those related to the 7 lives his actions cost and now feels compelled to make amends by helping 7 strangers.

At first the clues are scattered around the film but before long they become clear and you know what Tim is trying to do but that is the point once you stop working out the ending of the film you start watching the emotions that run through it.

The most telling part in the film comes after Will falls for one of his chosen beneficiaries and then goes to see if there is anyway they can survive without his help, the answer and the look on Smiths face to me is the fulcrum of the film and only serves to make the emotions of those who benefited from Tim's desire to rebalance the world more intense.

This is a bittersweet film helping all of us to see and share those mixed emotions that come from the scenarios that play out in this film.

I've now watched this a few times now and the intensity and feeling grows with each viewing, a strong and emotionally stirring journey to a destination we all reach in time.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching 12 Mar 2009
By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
It's quite difficult to review `Seven Pounds' without giving any of the story away but it stars Will Smith in a more serious role than his usual blockbuster outings, this time as Ben, an IRS agent who is depressed and guilt-ridden about mistakes from his past. He sets out to make amends by helping seven strangers. When he meets Emily (Rosario Dawson), a beautiful woman with a heart condition, he falls in love with her, thereby complicating his plans.

I had read a lot of average reviews of this so wasn't expecting much but I actually really enjoyed this film. The acting from the whole cast was excellent, particularly from Rosario Dawson who played the woman suffering from a heart problem and also from Woody Harrelson who played the blind guy, which I think is actually one of the best performances I've ever seen him in. Will Smith is also very good and plays a lot more darker character than he usually does, which really showed off the extents of his acting talents. The story was a little hard to follow at first (I had no idea what was going on for the first hour of the movie, to be honest) but once it is explained later on it does all make sense and becomes a very rewarding watch.

Overall this isn't the best film I've seen this year but is definitely one I'd recommend watching. It is quite down-beat but is equally heart-warming near the end, so is well worth sticking with if you don't "get" it straight away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good dvd
Published 22 hours ago by nadine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite films and I recommend that you watch it to put perspective on your life.
Published 9 days ago by andynorthrop
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
A lovely, beautiful, heart warming film, sad and happy. It's worth watching if you're a Will Smith fan. Enjoy. :)
Published 1 month ago by Jade Garfoot
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
im a 6ft 18 stone pumped up hard looking guy it takes a lot for me to get emotional about something???? Read more
Published 2 months ago by khan
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought this DVD, then!
Realised had seen it once I started watching it!! Silly me.
Saying that, it's a brilliant film and well worth a watch and have watched it a second time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christine McDermott
5.0 out of 5 stars seven pounds
this dvd is brilliant,very thought provoking and interesting.will smith is brilliant in the lead role.well worth the money spent.well done
Published 2 months ago by minnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Best film I have watched in a while, it has a twist at the end that would not be expected
Published 3 months ago by Cheryl Cunningham
4.0 out of 5 stars epic film
this film is brilliant, will smith is at his best as per, emotional film so be warned but well worth the buy!!!!
Published 3 months ago by Adam Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep!!
Deep film! brings a tear to your eye! man or woman, i would recommend this film to anybody who likes profound films! very sad at times! amazing film! :)
Published 3 months ago by Dominic Correia
3.0 out of 5 stars seven pounds
not that exciting, it is quite boring in fact. not the type of film that I would want to watch again
Published 3 months ago by mrs s a millard
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