'Seven Pounds': Your thoughts

December 17, 2008
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So did you brave the weather--and the massive overbooking of the theater--and get in to see "Seven Pounds" last night?

If so, let us know what you thought.
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  • I took my oldest granddaughter with me and asked her to do the report on this movie. She is 21. Here are her thoughts, which I mirror cometely: Some movies make you want to take a second look at your relationships with people, some make you laugh or cry, and some make you even want to work out, which are all strong forces; but, this movie made me look at myself and the choices I make. It’s a movie that makes you want to be a better person not because we need to but because other people need us to. The emotional capacities and depth in this movie are incredible, yet it only lets you see or know the minimum. The story is fresh but the feeling is familiar...I cried equally when I saw Crash, and another Will Smith flick, I Am Legend. Will Smith is awesome. It must have been incredibly hard to do this role, with such emotion and things he has to deal with and overcome. I loved it but it really felt like the sequel to I am legend. Even though the stories aren’t the same, the main character and end outcome feel very much the same.
  • I saw Seven Pounds last night and I just want to warn people that this is not an uplifting movie. In fact, if you have any touch of sadness in your life right now and you're looking for an escape to the movies---don't go see Seven Pounds. I thought that Will Smith and Rosario Dawson did a great job with a plot that just gets heavier by the minute. I can see how some folks would be inspired to take a deeper look into their own lives, but I didn't really find a silver lining message from the movie. I'm sure it will gather Oscar buzz, but I just want people to know that this is a seriously intense movie without much to lift you out of the depths of despair that it takes you through.
  • I was able to see the movie and really liked it, despite the couple sitting behind me that talked the ENTIRE time. STAY HOME!
    I thought the trailers were intriguing and wanted to see the movie but was hesitant because I did not like Pursuit of Happyness with Will Smith and also directed by Gabriele Muccino. Now THAT was a depressing movie. I didn't feel that at all with Seven Pounds. Although the story lines were somewhat predictable the characters and the acting made up for it. Will Smith did an excellent job with a complex character. While Smith's character was very sad I do feel there were uplifting elements to the story. I would see it again.
  • Braved the weather, and met up with a crowd of more than 100 like me who didn't get in to see the movie due to the overbooking--That's not your fault at all, but sure isn't likely to create a favorable feeling toward the AMC Castleton theater regardless of their attempt to blame someone else! I plan to see the movie soon so I'm looking forward to reading the reviews on this page--keep them coming!
  • I was able to make it to the movie and thought that, although the man next to me slept (guess if it's free, everyone shows up) and the girls behind us talked the whole time and the seats were up front--it was a great movie. Sorry everyone else, yeah, it was a little on the sad side, but was really good.
    Will Smith was great and there's not a lot to put in the review without giving away most of it. It's a movie that will drive some nuts because you'll have to follow it pretty closely to understand what's going on although it all comes around at the end.
    I would tell anyone to go see this movie.

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