Excerpt: Stories of 3 individuals intertwined involving a reformed convict Jack Jordan (Benicio del Toro), a stalker type stubborn professor named Paul Rivers (Sean Penn) and a widowed drug addict Cristina Peck (Naomi Watts). The style of directing was confusing at first, trying to much to be like Memento.
Summary: Between "Amores Perros," "Babel" and this movie, Gonzalez Inarritu has produced some of the heaviest dramas of the past 10 years. Perhaps it is because they all deal with such shattered characters - in this case we are given a man who has just undergone heart replacement surgery which temporarily...
Summary: This is a movie about how three people find their lives quietly intersecting. It's less in-your-face about the interlocking plotlines as, say, Crash, which actually allows the subdued emotional portrayals of the principle actors to shine. A haunting portrait of grief and forgiveness.
Summary: Watts, Penn, Del Toro...I love when movies cast brilliant actors. At first the movie starts out a little confusing. It takes a little bit to get into the groove of things. But once the story got going I was hooked in.
Summary: "21 Grams" is a superb dramatic thriller, expertly laid out and told with incredible conviction. Three individuals (played to genius-level by Sean Penn, Benecio del Toro, and Naomi Watts) is a power-house of emotions that tell the literal and metaphorical weight of the human soul.
Summary: Unlike Memento, I think the non-linear structure worked here (although a different non-linear structure than Memento), and I liked it very much. Strong performances by Watts and Penn, with Del Toro perhaps getting a Supporting Actor nomination.