By Fred Topel | Images property of Dimension Films
Seven Pounds is the most spiritual movie of the year. Of course I'm already following The Secret, so this review is preaching to the choir. Hopefully it can impact some nonbelievers to adopt the positive way of life.
Review: Seven Pounds
I don't know why it's supposed to be such a mystery. There are all the normal indicators of what's going on. It's just there's nothing overtly spelling it out. There's some vague talk, because the people involved are already familiar with the plan, but the plan is clear. It just never says, "This is my plan." I knew what he was doing.
It is a mission though. He has to solve mini puzzles to get the information he needs, like figuring out the old woman's needs to find the truth about the doctor.
There are some out of order scenes, going back and forth in time, but it's not an overt flashback. It's just European thinking.
It is a grown-up drama with interesting real world issues. There's nothing extraordinary, just compelling. The film says things by asking questions. That's my style. Nobody gets me.
Will Smith is so compelling to watch. He provokes people viciously to get at their character, and then he's the sweetest IRS agent you've ever seen. I do love how Rosario Dawson is supposed to be not hot, because she's tired. That's Hollywood creeping in.
But I love this movie so much even the handheld camerawork doesn't piss me off. It just feels like a gentle sway through the loving heart.