By Movie Lover (09 Jan 2009)
Tim Thomas (Will Smith) was a gifted aerospace engineer with a pretty wife and a beautiful beach house. Once, while using his cell phone while driving, his car went across lanes and he became responsible for the deaths of 7 people, including his beloved wife. Unable to forgive himself or raise the dead, Tim sets out to give "pounds of flesh" that will give new leasse of life to seven deserving individuals to make up for the seven lives he took away. Just as Antonio would have to die to pay Shylock the "pound of flesh" he demands, Tim intends to kill himself to atone for his sins. Ben (Michael Ealy), his brother...who works for the IRS, is concerned about his state of mind. Tim steals his brother's IRS ID to access the IRS database and to find and meet people who he believes are worthy of his gifts which includes body organs and material possessions. Holly Apelgren (Judyann Elder), Ezra Turner (Woody Harrelson), Connie Tepos (Elpidia Carrillo) and Emily Posa (Rosario Dawson) are among those whom he identifies to help. Furthermore, Tim assumes his brother's identity of "Ben Thomas" to personally investigate these people and verify that they are indeed the right people he should help. He makes a plan when he identifies his 7 beneficiaries, that requires his best friend Dan (Barry Pepper) to see that his wishes are carried out after he is dead. However, Tim's plan threatens to unravel when he starts falling in love with one of the people he is trying to help.