Becky and I went to see the new flick Seven Pounds on Saturday at the AMC theater in Highlands Ranch, CO. The Rotten Tomatoes website at Seven Pounds describes the movie as follows.
“Academy Award® nominee Will Smith reunites with the directors and producers of The Pursuit of Happyness for the emotional drama Seven Pounds. In the film, Smith plays Ben Thomas, an IRS agent with… Academy Award® nominee Will Smith reunites with the directors and producers of The Pursuit of Happyness for the emotional drama Seven Pounds. In the film, Smith plays Ben Thomas, an IRS agent with a fateful secret who embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers…”
Seven Pounds is more like eight ounces. It was really hyped as the Christmas season movie that nobody should miss and I think that Becky and I were expecting more from this Will Smith blockbuster. We spoke with a couple clients of mine the day we were going to see it and they told us how their son’s High School girlfriend came into their home the night before and couldn’t stop crying. We were expecting the same emotional response, but it didn’t happen for us.
Maybe Becky and I are just too old to get that emotionally charged about a film like Seven Pounds. I had it figured out about half way through the movie, so that was part of the problem, even though they did their best to try to make it difficult to follow. It was tough to follow though for most people since it jumps around a great deal. The problem though is the message is really pathetic.
Basically, the message of the film is that once you make a mistake there is no chance for redemption unless you give up something on the same level as what was lost. An eye for an eye is the message of Seven Pounds and as a Christian I find that the wrong message and so did Becky. There are some strong messages though about the fact that there are consequences for your actions and that was a good message, but it’s the way it’s presented that created a problem.
We can’t say it’s a feel good movie nor is it something that will make you think that Smith’s character was right in his actions by any stretch. It failed as a love story and it has a twisted ending. Bottom line is we were not impressed and there are better movies to go see than this one. Wait for the rental rack is our vote and you might actually like it since you didn’t pay $9 for admission.
John – ** Rental
Becky – ** Rental
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