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21 Grams

  • Drama
  • 2003
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • 119 mins
  • 15

Summary

Three strangers are brought together by a tragic car accident that changes all their lives. A dying man in need of a heart transplant is forced to contemplate mortality, a devoutly religious ex-convict finds his faith challenged, and a devoted mother with a reckless past must face an uncertain future. Drama, starring Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Benicio Del Toro, Danny Huston and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The awesome aspiration of 21 Grams is to understand the human soul; the title referring to the weight supposedly lost at the moment of death - a spiritual measure. Showcasing some fine screen acting - from Sean Penn, Naomi Watts and Benicio Del Toro - Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu has created an astonishing account of faith and redemption. As with Iñárritu's first film, the acclaimed Amores Perros, an auto accident links three disparate lives: Watts's husband and two daughters have been run over and killed by Benicio Del Toro's drunk-turned-Jesus freak; Penn's maths professor receives the husband's heart and is eventually drawn into an affair with his widow. Their fates are bound as the extended aftermath of the central tragedy unravels. Iñárritu again uses a non-linear, mosaic narrative technique to lure us into a maze of contradictions that eventually lead to a brilliant revelation.

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Credits

Cast

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Paul RiversSean Penn
Jack JordanBenicio Del Toro
Cristina PeckNaomi Watts
Mary RiversCharlotte Gainsbourg
Marianne JordanMelissa Leo
Rev JohnEddie Marsan
ClaudiaClea DuVall
MichaelDanny Huston
BrownPaul Calderon

Crew

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DirectorAlejandro González Iñárritu

Details

Theatrical distributor
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Released on
2004-03-05
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse and nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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