Seven Pounds

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While many films the primary goal is to entertain, others attempt to inspire a change in the minds and actions of the audience. These movies motivate people to change behaviors by demonstrating an alternative way of living. They often accomplish this by drawing new connections between the memories and experiences of the audience with the images and characters on the screen. An example of this type of movie is the film Seven Pounds. The film deals with concept of paying penance for one’s actions. The title comes from the Shakespeare play The Merchant Of Venice in which the concept of using “seven pounds of flesh” as the ultimate payment of a debt is given(Wikipedia). The main character’s careless actions lead to a substantial loss of life that he feels he must atone for. Although this character’s actions can be classified as extreme, he literally gives everything he has in an attempt to make amends for the lives he has taken. The movie calls for individuals to take responsibility for their actions instead of placing blame elsewhere. Ideally, audience members will leave the theaters believing that they should take greater effort to give back and make up for the wrong they have done to others. The film Seven Pounds attempts to accomplish this by demonstrating how the memory of seven seconds can motivate a man to seven extreme acts of contrition. The power of memory is illustrated through the film’s appeal to the audience, attempts to gain credibility, and contrasting images of past and present to motivate actions and change.

In analyzing this film, it is important to consider the intended audience. Most movies try to appeal to the largest audience possible in order to meet their bottom line and Seven Pounds is no exception. ...

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...e others for what goes wrong in their lives. This movie challenges audiences to consider their actions, both seen and unseen. When donating this kidney to one man he states that he is doing it “because you are a good man, even when you think no one is watching” (Seven Pounds). Memories are composed from experiences, one’s own and those of others. These memories shape an individual’s actions and shape their personality. Seven pounds illustrates how the memories of a tragedy can cause one to reevaluate their priorities, shifting the focus from their lives to those of others around them.

Works Cited
Seven Pounds. Dir. Gabriele Muccino. By Grant Nieporte. Perf. Will Smith and Rosario

Dawson. Columbia Pictures, 2008. DVD.

Wikipedia contributors. "Seven Pounds." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The

Free Encyclopedia, 17 Feb. 2010. Web.

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