Usually Will Smith makes upbeat movies, either comedies or uplifting dramas like The Pursuit of Happyness. Seven Pounds is different; it’s rather dark and sad and not everyone is going to like it. It’s also the sort of movie that tries to hide the real story until near the end, revealing it bit by bit.
Will Smith portrays an IRS agent who clearly isn’t following the rules. He seems to want to play God, using his position to reward the virtuous and punish the wicked. Also there seems to be something that’s troubling him, but we don’t know what it is.
And that’s about all I can say about the premise without giving too much away. This is a powerful, tragic story. It’s well done, and worth watching if you are up for that sort of thing.