Posted on 1/19/09 12:29 AM
Will Smith delivers a strong performance while choosing another script that can show off his dramatic range as a fine actor.
Seven pounds has its faults. But everything is help together by Smiths melding performance. He literally sinks into the role where you cant take your eyes off him and your literally forget your watching one of the most recognizable movie stars in the world. A movie like this make s you want to care about each frame, each action he tales, and few actual stars can pull that off.
Theres real chemistry b/w Smith and Rosario Dawson. Your watching an intricet plot develop and unfold, yet your slowly obsorbed by the chemistry building b/w the two. It should be added that it happens at such a refined pace, thats its practically refreshign the way movies today make you except the romanceb/w two actors we know are goign to get together in other movies.
"Pounds" does have its faults, and there noticable. Its played in "lost" like flashbacks. Where the TV series uses it to deepen your appreciation for the mystery it builds, the director shows wayto much of his hand. ITs quite clear what his motivations are behind each perosn he visits, and there not for tax purposes. Barry Pepper plays the best friend, and usually delievers strong performances, and does a fine job. But he is so over the top in a scene thats its the source of giving away the ending way to early in the movie. Its use of using a piece of technology responsible for a tragedy revealed by the end of the movie seems a little shamlessand irresponsiblel trying to capiltalize on a tragedy that happened a year ago.
IN all, you get an interesting new take on a mystery, that delivers more on the chemistry between its two main characters than it does its plot.