Trailers and scenes from "Seven Pounds" staring Will Smith and Rosario Dawson are on Apple trailers. The scenes are new, but the trailer doesn't look much different from the one the leaked a few months ago. Either way, the "mystery" behind this film continues as no one seems to know what it's really about other than they synopsis that is out there which basically suggests a dying man who wishes seven wishes or acts of kindness to seven strangers.
Academy Award nominee Will Smith reunites with the directors and producers of "The Pursuit of Happyness" (director Gabriele Muccino) for the emotional drama Seven Pounds. In the film, Smith plays Ben Thomas, an IRS agent with a fateful secret who embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.The film also stars Barry Pepper, Woody Harrelson and Michael Ealy ("Miracle at St. Anna"). People why we might be interested at all in this one. Well for one, there's a mystery to what it is exactly and that always intrigues us. Much like Will Smith's "Hancock" earlier this summer, this film appears and sounds like it has a big twist somewhere in it. In fact Rosario Dawson already alluded to that last month on Oprah. So place a riddle in front of us and we always want to solve it.
For two Gabriele Muccino's "The Pursuit of Happyness," was a genuinely honest and moving drama and there's a very good reason why Will Smith earned himself a Best Actor Oscar nomination for it in 2006 despite the fact that no one saw it - he was excellent in the film.
For three, as just mentioned, Smith can act when he wants to and we'd love to see him redeem himself from the shithouse that was "Hancock," in the summer (easily going down on our list of the worst films of 2008).
Sony has locked this one up. One commenter on Jeffrey Wells site alludes to how protective they are about letting the secret out. "I was actively appreciating the fact that spoilers and word of mouth had not impacted my experience. You have to have ice in your veins not to be moved. Well done." The Golden Derby has seen the film and they call Smith a "potential best actor Oscar nominee" again this year. According to Anne Thompson, Sony are going to screen the shit out of it. Good, hopefully that means we'll get an invite. All we're saying is keep an eye on this one and don't count this movie out of the Oscar race yet even though it's been very quiet so far. Reuters are calling the campaign so far, a low-key Oscar bid.