21 Grams

Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Genre: Drama
Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Clea DuVall, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Box Office: $16+ million of total gross
Trivia: Naomi Watts accepted the role without reading the script first.
Memorable Quotes:
Paul Rivers: Did you know that eating alone could cause kidney damage? And that’s BAD.
Cristina Peck: Whoever looks for the truth deserves punishment for finding it.
Cristina Peck: You know what I thought when mom died? I couldn’t understand how you could talk to people again, how you could laugh… again. I couldn’t understand how you could play with us. And no, no that’s a lie, life does not just go on.
Paul Rivers: The earth turn to bring us closer, / it turn on itself and in us, / until it finally brought us together in this dream.
Paul Rivers: How many lives do we live? How many times do we die? They say we all lose 21 grams… at the exact moment of our death. Everyone. And how much fits into 21 grams? How much is lost? When do we lose 21 grams? How much goes with them? How much is gained? How much is gained? Twenty-one grams. The weight of a stack of five nickels. The weight of a hummingbird. A chocolate bar. How much did 21 grams weigh?

This is not your basic drama. The viewer is captivated with the split screen outlook, of the impact a car accident has. The editing is extremely visually stimulating and really pulls the story together beautifully.

“21 grams” is intense, abstract,and thought-provoking. The screenplay is ingenious. The interconnecting storylines of the characters was offbeat enough to remain intriguing yet maintained a realistic feel and in doing so kept me thoroughly engaged in the outcome of these characters. The editing was just slightly cumbersome but honestly I can’t imagine telling this complicated story any other way.

The cast in outstanding especially Del Toro. You can see the expression on his face of his character. When you watch you can see his guilt. Watts lights out the cinematic screen, and Sean Penn has never been so much good!

The style of the film – the increasingly popular non-linear scene structure – adds an intensity and importance to the emotionally draining story. The order of the scenes are all scrambled up, creating a bit of a puzzle that is a lot of fun to piece together. My only complaint is that you can put the puzzle together before the film ends, making it drag in certain parts while you wait for the story to move forward, and ultimately the journey is better than the destination. Expect yourself to be depressed, but impressed. The entire film is shot hand-held, which I liked, but tends to make people with weak constitutions sick to their stomach.


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