Of late I've become a very big fan of Will Smith, he move away (in general) from the usual type of cheese he used to star in (Independence Day/Men In Black) to more main stream drama has been a good move for a man who is a very very good actor.
Having loved In the Persuit Of Happiness I bought this blind having only seen the trailers but what a good decision that was.
Will's ability to portray the depths of emotions really make you feel for his characters inner turmoil and this really shines through the whole of this film.
Yes as others say once you pick up a few of the clues the motive and ending of this film are obvious.
But those who complain at this are missing the point, this film isn't about the destination, its about the journey and about this man's driven desire to make up for the wrongs he believes he has done.
It is a very touching film with one of those bittersweet endings that leaves you not quite sure how to feel.
We're so used to the prescription twist in the tail that when it doesn't come we feel cheated, but when it does we often complain that it was unrealistic.
Well this time Hollywood produces a film that reflects real life.
How often in life do we know what's coming and can't stop it?
How often do we know something has to happen, settle to the fates only to have something unplanned come along that just makes what needs to happen harder?
This is what this film is about and frankly having viewed this I would find it hard to see any other actor than Smith doing the role or Ben justice
As for the Bluray transfer, its a case of as artistically intended or slightly grainy. Which ever it is it doesn't detract from the viewing pleasure but it definitely isn't the crispest picture I've seen on BR.
The sound is spot on, well balanced allowing the home cinema to be cranked up to cope with the quiet spots (of which there are many) well, picking out really crisp details like the splattering of rain and city hussle and bussle well without the sudden blast of loud music that wakes the neighbours.
Overall this is a wonderful film which helps to remind us that even if you wrong you can set things right if you really want to.