Seven Pounds, is a star studded movie starring Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Michael Early and Woody Harrelson just to name a few. That focuses on a young man's quest to change the life of seven random individuals. The movie starts of with Tim Thomas who steals his brother Ben's identity and plays the part of an IRS agent. The movie does not start off with the accident scene so viewers do not get the reason behind Thomas’s reason for wanting to give away his body parts. Thomas a successful engineer was driving with his fiancée, Sarah. While driving, his phone rang and he became distracted from using his cell phone. This led to a major accident, seven people died, including Tim's fiancée. Tim was the only survivor of the crash. This incident brings about immense guilt in Tim. Tim seeks redemption by transforming the lives of seven individuals, including his brother. Tim donates a lung lobe to his brother, Ben, a part of his liver to Holly a social services worker, a kidney to George a hockey coach, and bone marrow to a young boy Nicholas he saw at the hospital.
Tim uses his brother's identity, an IRS officer, to access confidential database to select his other recipients. He gave his eyes to a blind salesman Ezra, his beach house to a domestic violence victim Connie and his heart to Emily who had a heart condition. All these people were considered good according to Tim. In a scene, George asked "why me?" Tim tells him "you are a good person. You may not know it but people are watching you".
Throughout the movie, he pointed out why each recipient was deserving of his gift. They all turned out to be good individuals.
The first question that comes to mind after watching the movie is, is Tim a good person because of his quest to save lives? Or is he just doing all these as a means of redemption from the accident.
According to virtue ethics, Tim will not be considered a virtuous man because his reasons behind his giving is to relieve himself of guilt and pain....