Will Smith is the most bankable star in America. Last year the mediocre I Am Legend opened with a whopping $77 million in its first weekend. Hancock rang tills this summer to the tune of $62 million. However, both those films operated in strong blockbuster genres – superhero movie and zombie flick respectively. Seven Pounds is Smith doing the type of character role that he essayed in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006 drama that took $27 million in its first three days), so it’s likely that audiences may even be convinced to see the Fresh Prince in what is essentially a fairytale set in the world of taxation.
Despite a promising pre-credit sequence in which Smith’s character Ben Thomas declares he’s going to commit suicide, Seven Pounds is a huge disappointment. As an IRS inspector with a positive mission we see him berate a blind Woody Harrelson, audit a sick Rosario Dawson and show puppy eyes at his girlfriend (Robinne Lee). Director Gabrielle The Last Kiss Muccino fails to make any of it engaging. Indeed, the reason for the protagonist’s actions is so ludicrous that the film’s distributors asked critics not to reveal ‘the twist’. Unsurprisingly, it’s not worth knowing.
General release from Fri 16 Jan.