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Seven Pounds

Seven PoundsWith acclaimed Director Gabriele
  Muccino and two-time Academy Award
  nominee actor Will Smith at the helm,
  Seven Pounds is a clever venture into
  the uncomfortable world of
suicide and
 
guilt where a grieving man makes
 
the ultimate sacrifice in his search for
  redemption
...

AN INSPIRING AND EMOTIVE JOURNEY of a search to find peace by changing the lives of seven unfortunate strangers, Seven Pounds explores an existence of tragedy and guilt as Will Smith (Hancock; Hitch; The Pursuit Of Happyness) expertly portrays a man grieving for his partner Sarah (Robinne Lee) and who is determined to make his life matter.

Sharing a heart-breaking secret only with his best friend Dan Morris (Barry Pepper: The Green Mile; Saving Private Ryan), the man who calls himself Ben Thomas (Will Smith) uses his identification as a representative of the Internal Revenue Service to research the lives and the characters of the chosen few to find out who truly deserves to benefit from his help.

Those in line for a surprise include: Blind pianist Ezra Turner (Woody Harrelson: No Country For Old Men; The People vs Larry Flint), a vegetarian who works in a call centre for Cheyenne Meats and who needs treatment that could restore his sight; care home manager Stewart Goodman (Tim Kelleher), whose bone marrow treatment was not successful but who may be neglecting one of the elderly residents, Inez (Fiona Hale); and Emily Posa (Rosario Dawson), who has congenital heart failure, is unable to work her letter-press business or look after her Great Dane Duke properly and desperately needs a new heart. One of the most touching scenes is where an ailing Emily asks for a story and Ben tells her one about "a fire-breathing dragon with really bad attitude".

There is also: Connie Tepos (Elpidia Carrillo), whose abusive partner nearly killed her the last time she tried to leave him and she is too afraid to try again — even though she has two children who may be at risk; Nicholas, a young boy with cancer; and ice hockey coach George Ristuccia (Bill Smitrovich), who needed an organ transplant.

What is Ben's true identity and what is his connection to Apogee Aeronautics and to Holly (Judyann Elder), who works for The Department of Family Services? What is the secret that he keeps hidden — even from his much-loved brother (Michael Ealy: Barbershop 2) — and the pledge he has asked Dan to make?

And will he give up his mission when he falls in love with one of the beneficiaries of his overwhelming generosity or will it make him all the more determined to fulfil the promise that has already cost him his beautiful beach house?

Seven Pounds is a rare, emotive and thought-provoking film with romance and a moral that steps over controversial boundaries, hooking the viewer with poignancy and conjecture.

Also featured are: Joseph A Munez as Larry the Motel Owner and Gina Hecht as Dr Briar. Directed superbly by Gabriele Muccino, Seven Pounds is written by Grant Nieporte; Produced by Todd Black, James Lassiter, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Will Smith; Director of Photography is Philippe Le Souro and the music is by Angelo Milli.

Seven Pounds is available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray and to rent on DVD on 25 May 2009, courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Special features include a commentary, deleted scenes and Featurettes. Exclusive to Blu-ray is a Digital Copy of the film for PC, PSP®, Mac or iPod® and BD-Live: Access Exclusive content and downloads.

"Seven Pounds is a rare, emotive and thought-provoking film with romance and a moral that steps over controversial boundaries, hooking the viewer with poignancy and conjecture" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar


"In Seven days God created the world. And in seven seconds I shattered mine" — Ben Thomas, the character played by Will Smith in Seven Pounds