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Seven Pounds [Blu-ray]
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|Format||AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen|
|Contributor||Michael Spellman, Kevin Cooney, Robinne Lee, Woody Harrelson, Gina Hecht, Jason Blumenthal, Andy Milder, Audrey Wasilewski, Will Smith, Barry Pepper, Rich Hutchman, Lee von Ernst, Sonya Eddy, Jora Senane, Todd Black, Bill Smitrovich, Robert Figueroa, Steve Tom, James Lassiter, Fiona Hale, Amanda Carlin, Columbia Pictures; Overbrook Entertainment Inc., Tim Kelleher, Sarah Morris, Octavia Spencer, David Haines, Dale Raoul, Cynthia Rube, Charlene Amoia, Elpidia Carrillo, Louisa Kendrick, Gaspar Uriarte, Quintin Kelley, Connor Cruise, Judyann Elder, Markus Flanagan, Todd Cahoon, Nadia Shazana, Michael Ealy, Jack Yang, Joseph Nuñez, Madison Pettis, Leif Rogers, Steve Tisch, Casey Morris, Ivan Angulo, Gabriele Muccino, Rosario Dawson, Nichole Ambriz See more|
|Runtime||2 hours and 3 minutes|
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Academy Award® nominee Will Smith (2006, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, The Pursuit of Happyness) stars as Ben Thomas, a man at a crossroads searching for a way to redeem his heavy conscience. He discovers he has the power to change the circumstances of seven strangers who deserve a second chance. But when one of them captures his heart, he must decide if he should reveal his secret -- even if it means giving up on his plan. From the creators of The Pursuit of Happyness, SEVEN POUNDS is an "emotionally charged, captivating mystery with a soulful, tender love story and a tearful but joyfully inspiring ending" (MOVIEGUIDE®).
The mysteriously titled Seven Pounds stars Will Smith as Ben Thomas, who flashes his badge as an IRS agent to gain entrance into the lives of seven strangers in need. To each, he offers something that will reverse their troubles, seeking to atone for a haunting past mistake. But when Ben starts falling in love with a young woman with heart trouble (Rosario Dawson), his carefully laid plans threaten to collapse. To reveal more of the story would diminish it. Smith is an engaging, charismatic presence, but the impact of Seven Pounds comes from Dawson--she has the kind of emotional transparency that shimmers off the screen. Which is crucial, because Seven Pounds requires considerable suspension of disbelief; some scenes push and pull at plausibility, and you may question a few plot turns after the movie is over. But as the story unfolds, the performances can carry you over these bumps. If you surrender to its gently circling rhythms and its luminous images (including the glowing undulations of a poisonous jellyfish), Seven Pounds will pack an emotional wallop, heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. Also featuring Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan), Michael Ealy (Sleeper Cell), and Woody Harrelson. --Bret Fetzer
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- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 5072789
- Director : Gabriele Muccino
- Media Format : AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 3 minutes
- Release date : March 31, 2009
- Actors : Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Michael Ealy, Barry Pepper, Woody Harrelson
- Dubbed: : French
- Subtitles: : French, English, Spanish
- Producers : Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black, Steve Tisch, James Lassiter, Will Smith
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B001QERPAM
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #33,901 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This film has serious medical, ethical, and theological shortfalls. This film is a mixed bag that includes beautiful scenes, great acting, and some surreal filming suggestive of 1960's art house films. I am a huge Will Smith fan and enthusiastically support his film Concussion.
While I suggest watching Seven Pounds for those reasons, I have many objections from medical, ethical, and theological standpoint.
As a medical person who has seen transplants performed, the medical presentation has flaws. In oversimplified terms, the recipient of the heart transplant in the film is shown simply lying sleepy on a OR table. In reality that person would be fully intubated and monitored. It is an extraordinarily highly complex undertaking.
Organ donor selection is very complex. I suspect that a person who had just been killed by a highly poisonous toxin from a jellyfish would be rejected for transplant. The basic premise in the movie therefore is flawed.
From an ethical and theological perspective "Ben" plays God and rejects forgiveness. As such, it is faux Christianity and could be considered profoundly not Christian. There is no evidence he has sought professional psychiatric help for his profound grief from the car accident he caused. Nor has he sought forgiveness. He is a lone wolf who lies and presents himself falsely. He is a godlike control freak. The parallel to Jesus' sacrifice is false as Jesus message was given to the good and the bad, not just the good. Suicide has a history of being considered a mortal sin, although it is much more nuanced today.
The pound of flesh references Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, act 4 scene 1, speech of Portia. In the same scene she has one of the most sublime speeches in Western literature regarding the quality of mercy.
Please. When I rented this movie, I knew it wasn't going to be a documentary---
It's a fabulous, selfless movie, something so rare this day and time. Although the foundation is based on heartache, the take-away is the motive of this man's actions being based on true giving.
Someone made a ridiculous slam against the "playing God" aspect. I heartily disagree. Greater love hath no man than he who lays down his life for another.
May it affect us all the way the script intended---hopefully changing our perspective and our actions.
Will Smith and the rest of the cast were superb.
Its been a long, long time since I've watched a movie that challenged the way I view life. Thank you!!!
So in order to justify killing himself and making himself feel better for his carelessness with phone or such causing a car accident, he plays God, and what the movie maybe hopes will pass as great courage and selfless heroism, is actually always and only self-serving means for Smith's character to try to make himself feel better for the outcome of accident, lives taken. And somehow, then, suicide all along his goal as he could not cope with living with himself for his human error, tragic as it was, suicide is to be justified and acceptable because he chose whom to help by gradually donating parts of himself--body and his house.
It's not way to live, and no way to die, either one. Self-serving from the start and in the end although trying to deceive himself and others in the drama as well as viewers, that somehow he is a sacrificial hero, a god-figure, yet somehow really just a mentally depraved and twisted, very depressed person without courage to forgive himself and live out his life like the rest of us are supposed to do and do so with real courage, even if we accomplish nothing other than show the strength and endurance to keep going until God chooses.
Of course, this movie is not based on God even though it steals God's thunder, so to speak, and tries to mimic some sort of Christ figure in the character Will Smith plays. Regret that I watched it, but I did not read reviews first other than saw all the nearly five stars on Amazon. And during the film, it was contorted enough I could not see where it was going until toward the demented, depressing, twisted end.
I highly recommend this film.
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