A depressed IRS agent, Ben (Smith), kicks things off by calling a 911 operator to report his own suicide. Cue the uncertainty--and flashback scenes--behind what motivates Ben to act as he does, apparently seeking out seven individuals to assist for various reasons as part of a larger plan for his own redemption. However, things get complicated when he falls in love with one of the recipients, Emily (Dawson), who suffers from a congenital heart disorder yet sees beyond her own pain and senses Ben's. Visually bleak reteaming of Smith and director Muccino puts the star back on his superhero-esque pedestal, though he has enough charm to pull it off, as does Dawson who's more than worthy of sharing the screen with him.
"There's been a suicide."
"Who's the victim?"
No, actually, the paying audience is the victim. With those opening lines spoken by a distraught Will Smith, Gabriele Muccino begins his overly sentimental, mawkish, ridiculous drama, Seven Pounds, a movie that transcends melodrama in its first few minutes and proceeds into the overdone ...Read More