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4.0 out of 5 stars Its the journey not the destination that makes this film, 3 Aug 2009
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This review is from: Seven Pounds [Blu-ray] [2009] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
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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Initial post: 28 Mar 2012 22:11:03 BDT
,im not sure if i understand your review, are you saying the seven people who died in
the car accident tim caused are related to the seven strangers tim decides to help, because
they are'nt, tim has chosen these people because they are compatable with his rare blood group

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2012 16:58:34 BDT
Spudola says:
No I never said they were related to the 7 victims of the accident Tim caused, what I said was Tim was making amends to himself by helping 7 worthy individuals, not all of them were medically related gifts, what about the abused woman and her son who he gives his house to?
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