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Seven Pounds - A movie with a Shakespeare twist

Updated on December 15, 2011

Will Smith in Seven Pounds

Will Smith in Seven Pounds - an intense drama!
Will Smith in Seven Pounds - an intense drama!

Scenes from Seven Pounds

Excerpt from the Merchant of Venice

Seven Pounds - The Merchant of Venice

"Seven Pounds" is a movie starring actor, Will Smith,  who portrays a man carrying a very large burden and the actions he takes to lift that burden.  The story does not become clear until very near the end.  A few very sharp individuals will figure it out sooner but many, including me, did not. 

While several of Mr. Smith's movies have had humorous plots, two of the last three of his films have been rather dark.   While "I Am Legend" is a movie that deals with an "end of the world" scenario, "Seven Pounds" deals with atonment for a terrible mistake. 

Most of us remember high school English with a mixture of nostalgia and nausea.  One of the frequently taught subjects was the Shakespeare play, "The Merchant of Venice".  Those of us who had to endure the Elizabethan language of this work learned about a debt to be paid in a very unusual way.  This is the subtext of "Seven Pounds".


Gripping Drama - Intense, Gut Wrenching

My thoughts about the movie are:

  • Will Smith did a great job of acting in this movie.
  • The subject matter was "heavy".
  • The movie will keep most us guessing about where the plot is headed until the end.
  • It is very sad, and the story tells of atonement and a reaffirmation of life.

I recommend this movie to those who can handle an "in your face" drama and an amazing ending.  Some may not like it.  My wife describes it as "Seven Tons" for the way it affected her.  Will Smith again demonstrates his versatility as an actor.  Pass the Kleenex.... 

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    • aikidk01 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      The plot was amazing. It all comes together in the end.

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      6 years ago

      Well written and informative! I loved this movie; Will Smith did an excellent job conveying his characters emotions. One of most favorite Will Smith movies! Voted up and Awesome; Keep up the good work!

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      10 years ago

      Shirley and izettl - I wanted to keep it vague because if I provide too much information it may give away the plot. BTW, my step daughter figured it out within the first 20 minutes of the movie. Most of us normal mortals do not figure it out until it becomes obvious at the end of the movie. I can only say that it had a very profound impact on me...My final phrase, "pass the Kleenex", is real...if you see it, you'll know when it all comes together.

      Just try to keep in mind the part of the contract that Shylock was focused on enforcing in the Merchant of Venice...I'll leave it at that. Danny

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      Laura Izett 

      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      I will actually have to see this movie- can't lie it intrigued me from the mysterious and vague commercials. With a Shakespeare twist? Well now that really intrigues me. I loved English class, though- even Shakespeare!

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      Shirley Anderson 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for reviewing this movie, Danny. I've seen the commercials on TV, but had a hard time getting a sense of what it was about. If it bears a resemblence to anything Shakespeare, I want to see it! I have loved the Baird since the first time I met him in grade 9 English.


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