SEVEN POUNDS (*1/2) - Starring Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, Michael Ealy, Barry Pepper, Elpidia Carrillo, Robinne Lee, Bill Smitrovich and Andy Milder.
Directed by Gabriele Muccino.
It's not the worst movie of 2008, but it is one of the most ill-conceived. The whole movie hinges on the secret of the ending, but since the first scene is Will Smith's character calling 911 to report his own suicide, we then go back in time to see what has led him to this. It becomes fairly obvious where this is going, as morbid as it is. And so we watch, uncomfortably, as this "feel-good" movie careens toward the worst positive-messaged ending since Haley Joel Osment got stabbed in Act III of Pay It Forward.
Smith and Muccino had financial success with The Pursuit of Happyness, although for me that movie dwelt so deeply on that character's suffering that the happy ending, all thirty seconds of it, didn't feel like enough payoff for what we went through as an audience watching this man's life fall apart.
So we now we have this. This... thing. I'm never going to look at jellyfish the same way again.