nine out of ten
This was a splendid film. It could have been sappy. It could have been cheesy. It is none of those things because of the fine actors who acted in this film (Minus Thandie who I felt was overacted quite a bit). Inspired by a true story, the movie follows a man who goes from struggling to stay afloat to becoming a man gasping for water as he sinks further and further toward the ocean floor all the while protecting his child as best as he can.
Will Smith did an amazing job. I was just watching Fresh Prince of Belair on Nick at Nite and could not help but reflect on what a long way he has come. His acting was on point and perfect. He conveyed emotion without speaking. I believe that it is he who made this movie as enjoyable as it was.
Those who say that the poor bring their struggles upon themselves should see this film to perhaps gain some empathy for intelligent people who are burdened not by foolish decisions but by the consequences of their surroundings...
A must see.