“Seven Pounds”

Megan Evans, Staff Writer

Netflix has surprised us this year with adding new movies and TV shows but also new ones. “Seven Pounds,” starring Will Smith, was added recently. It is about a man who is haunted by a fateful secret. He tries to gain redemption by giving vital parts of his body to people in need of a donor.

Ben Thomas (Will Smith) helps seven people: Tim (Barry Pepper), Holly (Judyann Elder), George (Bill Smitrovich), Connie (Elpidia Carrillo), Nicholas (Quinton Kelley), Erza (Woody Harrelson), and Emily (Rosario Dawson).  All seven have a condition or disease in which he helps them by giving vital parts of his body to them. Ben ends up falling for Emily, a woman at risk from a deadly heart condition. 

After Ben and Emily meet, they begin to fall in love. Ben helps her through her condition and tells her not to be weak. While deeply in love, Ben struggles with his secret and ends up making a fatal decision that drastically changes everyone around him, especially Emily.

One of the most powerful statements in the film is said by Ben Thomas:  “In seven days, God created the world. And in seven seconds, I shattered mine.”

“Seven Pounds” is a great and meaningful movie. It shows what redemption and love is. I recommend it if you enjoy watching sad, romantic movies! Make sure to buy a box of tissues.