Gabriele Muccino (THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS) directs this tale of a man devastated by a tragedy in his past who is seeking redemption. To the outside world, Ben Thomas (Will Smith) is a cordial, atypically helpful agent for the Internal Revenue Service. But when he's alone, Ben is tormented by a tragic incident in his past, sinking into grief. He's even cut off communication with his beloved brother (Michael Ealy). Nevertheless, Ben is especially interested in strangers with challenging circumstances. He's taken particular interest in Emily Posa (Rosario Dawson), a lovely young woman with congenital heart disease who is being audited by the IRS. Ben finds himself falling for Emily, and has to choose the best way to follow his heart.
Smith wears Ben's heart on his sleeve, the pain of his past loss and his impending future apparent in his face both when he is alone and when he begins to feel happiness--which he doesn't think he deserved--with Emily. He also nails Ben's pleasant work persona, masking his pain as he charms strangers and earns their trust. Dawson is beguiling as Emily, whose only wish is to have more time to experience life, especially once she finds love with Ben. With flashbacks mixed into the story, SEVEN POUNDS takes a circuitous route, saving some surprises for its end. Woody Harrelson appears as a blind man, and Barry Pepper plays Ben's best friend and confidante, Dan.
Jason Blumenthal - Executive Producer, ALEX AND EMMA (2003)
James Lassiter - Producer, ALI (2001)
David Crockett - Executive Producer, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (2005)
Angelo Milli - Composer, SECUESTRO EXPRESS (2005)
Steve Tisch - Producer/Executive
Woody Harrelson - Woody of TV's "Cheers"
Grant Nieporte - Screenwriter
Todd Black - Producer, ANTWONE FISHER (2002)
Will Smith - American actor/rap performer/producer
Rosario Dawson - Actress
Gabriele Muccino - Italian director
Phillipe Le Sourd - Dir. Photography, A GOOD YEAR, (2006)
Domenico Procacci - Producer/"The Station"
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 123
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 043396249158
- Genre: Drama
- Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (for thematic material, some disturbing content and a scene of sensuality)
- Release Date: January 2015
"Smith gives an understated performance....Concerned with how people overcome trauma and tragedy, the film focuses on universal themes of loss, forgiveness and redemption." - 12/19/2008 USA Today
3 stars out of 5 -- "Will Smith displays a rather impressive range of emotional speeds here....It's quite a performance." - 12/17/2008 Chicago Sun-Times
"Cementing his reputation as the only blockbuster movie star with seemingly unflappable taste in material, Will Smith re-teams with director Gabriele Muccino to once again flex his considerable dramatic muscles in the thoughtful, engaging SEVEN POUNDS." - 12/17/2008 Box Office
3 stars out of 5 -- "SEVEN POUNDS opens strongly, intriguingly....SEVEN POUNDS delivers the stomach-kicking revelation it's been slowly building up to." - 02/01/2009 Total Film