Talk about Hollywood fiction! In “Seven Pounds”, Will Smith plays an IRS agent who decides to go around helping people. He chooses seven people to be the recipient of his generosity, and goes about trying to decide if they deserve his life-changing help. Meanwhile, in the real world, the IRS tries to take away all your money and give it to your neighbor, whose idea of “getting a job” is sitting on his ass all day watching The Price is Right on TV. See the difference between Hollywood fiction and the real world? But I digress. Here’s the trailer for Will Smith’s latest stab at winning an Oscar (and he’s even re-teamed with the guy who directed “The Pursuit of Happyness”, his last stab at Oscar glory to boot!) “Seven Pounds”.
The plot goes like this:
Ben (Will Smith) is an IRS agent who is depressed and guilt-ridden about mistakes from his past. He sets out to make amends by helping seven strangers. When he meets Emily (Rosario Dawson), a beautiful woman with a heart condition, he falls in love with her, thereby complicating his plans. Woody Harrelson also appears as a blind pianist who befriends Ben.
Starring Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, Michael Ealy, Barry Pepper, Madison Pettis, Sarah Jane Morris, Bill Smitrovich, Elpidia Carrillo, Bojana Novakovic, Robinne Lee, and directed by Gabriele Muccino.
Christmas 2008 is the release date, if you still don’t “get” that they’re going for heart-warming, inspirational Oscar glory here.
Here’s the only image released from the film so far. (Looks like Big Willy is sporting his “Ali” haircut…)