Will Smith in Seven Pounds

The poster for Will Smith’s upcoming holiday film, Seven Pounds, has been released, and as you can see it’s pretty much just a close-up of Smith’s head. Are they saying his head weighs seven pounds? Are they not familiar with the work of Dr. Ray Boyd who famously revealed that “the human head weighs eight pounds?” Does this not mean that the average human is smarter than Will Smith? Click the poster above for a larger version.

The trailer has also been officially released, and it’s looking pretty good. It may end up a wee bit overly melodramatic, but that’s to be expected from the director of Smith’s The Pursuit of Happyness. Smith plays Ben Thomas, an IRS agent who is depressed and guilt-ridden about mistakes from his past. He sets out to make amends by helping seven strangers including Emily (Rosario Dawson), a beautiful woman with a heart condition, and Woody Harrelson as a blind pianist. None of the film’s marketing so far has revealed the secret of the title, but after watching the trailer it seems fairly clear. Don’t read beyond the trailer if you’d prefer not to have the plot spoiled by my intuitive genius.

So here’s my thought. Ben Thomas did something very bad. My guess is a drunk driving accident or a tax audit that left a family homeless (but there’s a chance he may have been the one responsible for green lighting the script changes in Hancock.) Anyway, due to the guilt from his previous actions, he has decided to commit suicide and help seven strangers in the process. The “seven pounds” refers to Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” where creditors demanded their “pound of flesh” no matter how painful the repayment would be to the debtors. So Ben Thomas is paying his debt with his money, his house, his eyes, his heart, and a few other organs he’ll no longer be needing. He probably wills his organs to specific sick people, although I’m not sure if that’s even permissible. But when he falls in love with Emily he’s forced to rethink his plans…

What do you think of the trailer and poster for Seven Pounds? Do you know if someone can legally will their organs to specific people in need?


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