Friday, January 22, 2010

Seven Pounds

This emotionally arresting movie has proven Will Smith's talent to me. From being a funny rapper guy with great abs, he was able to show his acting prowess in this film. I love the story. It is sad, but it makes you take a better look at life.

Tim Thomas lost his fiancee in a car accident.
Thinking that he has no more reason to live, he decided to donate his body parts, little by little, to various recipients, whoever he believes to be a good person. Towards the last two weeks of his life, he impersonates his younger brother Ben, an IRS man, to better know those whom he chose to be recipients of his house and his remaining vital organs. He falls in love with the dying Emily, the one he chose to be the recipient of his heart donation. In a last-ditch effort to salvage his life with Emily, he consults Emily's doctor if she could still survive, even with her heart condition. Upon learning that Emily has no chance save for a miracle (or a heart donor), he commits suicide by going into a bathtub with a box jellyfish. Emily gets his heart, and survives.

I found the film inspiring; it showed me that no matter how we may all think we have nothing left to live, life finds a better solution for us. I think that at the end of the film, Tim gave his heart to Emily not because he has no more use for it, but because he would rather die than have Emily die. In  the end, instead of giving up his life because he didn't want to live, he gave up his life so that Emily could live.

It must have been painful for Tim to have lost his fiancee. Yet, looking at the story from a third person's perspective, all was not lost for him. Who knew he would have met somebody else to love? The story gave me a better perspective in life, showing me that as long as there is life there is hope. No loss could ever be as big as ourselves. Every hole in the fabric of life, no matter how huge and overpowering, could still be patched; the fabric smoothed over, and made to be good as new.