May 5, 2015

Seven Pounds (Gabriele Muccino, 2008)

WHAT IT IS: An engineer, haunted by the memory of an unforgivable past act, tries to earn his redemption by helping people in need.

HOW IT IS: After 2006’s The Pursuit of Happyness, Smith and Muccino team up for another high-concept drama, this time structured as a mystery. Although sporting an interesting premise, Seven Pounds fails to deliver in part due to Muccino’s weak direction. At times, when the love story develops, it almost feels like Seven Pounds wants to be a different, more compelling movie, before it reverts to its previous state. Its mystery is unnecessary, leaving the audience to identify only at the end’s reveal and by then it’s far too late. Smith’s acting is almost uniform, limited to smiles and pouts to express his character’s myriad of emotions like loss and regret. The supporting cast is well chosen, with Dawson, Harrelson and Pepper being high points of the distribution.

Seven Pounds is a great concept but executed with poor vision.

IF YOU LIKED: The Pursuit of Happyness, 21 grams.

INFO: Seven Pounds