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21 Grams

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7.72 h 4 min2004X-Ray15
Nominated for 2 Academy Awards and 5 BAFTAs, 21 Grams is an intense, critically acclaimed thriller. When a horrific accident traumatically binds three people's lives together, events unfold that take them to the heights of passion, the depths of obsession and the promise of revenge. 21 Grams is a bold, multi-layered, extraordinary cinematic experience and an absolute must see.
Directors
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Starring
Sean PennBenicio Del ToroNaomi Watts
Genres
SuspenseDrama
Subtitles
None Available
Audio Languages
English

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Producers
Robert Salerno
Studio
Icon Film Distribution
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagenuditysexual contentsmokingsubstance useviolence
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4.3 out of 5 stars

563 global ratings

  1. 61% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 15% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 16% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 4% of reviews have 1 stars
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J. Temperance (Hull)Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 July 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
The unlikely tale of people brought together through the repercussions of Tragedy
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So, yes, this is a powerfully provocative film dealing with death, guilt and their consequences yet the actual story is actually slight, awkward and improbable. What makes it highly watchable is the unconventional way it is told and the fine performances of the three main leads (Naomi Watts, Sean Penn and Benicio Del Torro) plus excellent support (special mentions to a subtle role played by Charlotte Gainsbourg and a clever and understated display by Melissa Leo).

The repercussions of the main characters brought together through tragedy and it's repercussions is hardly believable but this is a film that is character lead and the script and acting keep the
story afloat.

You won't leave this film considering what happened and why but might end up thinking about people, relationships and the random factors that direct life long after '21 grams' has finished.
SpiritofLakotaSiouxReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 September 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Exceptional film !
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This was an emotionally charged rollercoaster of a movie with very good accomplished actors. Penn is a brilliant actor as long as he keeps his political views to himself. Del Torro is sheer class and stole the show in this movie. Naomi Watts character was well played. Her characters use of cocaine was convincingly played, rather too convincingly played. All round a very unusual plot but a very enjoyable movie and I would recommend it to everyone !
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The BeanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 September 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
Too long, confusing and self indulgent
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This film gets a mix or ratings and for good reason, but honestly 5 stars is way out.
The acting is impressive, hence why I haven't given it 1 star, but other than that it's pretty poor.
It's a dark and depressing look at life without any hints of hope, fortunately life is not like that.
The jumbled-up time frame didn't bother me but I have seen it done much better in other films, but the ultimate fault with this film is lack of light and shade. It doesn't really have a begining, middle and end, it just plods steadily on giving you neither massive highs or lows. If you were to edit it into the correct timeline it would be incredibly boring, certainly not the two hours it takes to tell what little story there is.
it's a real shame as there are some great actors that deserve better. Oh and 21 grams... What a tenuous title.
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Mark BarryReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 March 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
"...Forgive Me..." - 21 Grams On BLU RAY
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Carrying the poisoned cargo of a screwed-up past coupled to a temptation-filled present - ex convict Jack Jordan is a train wreck just waiting to derail - yet again. At least at the hands of Preacher John (the ever stunning Eddie Marsan) Jack has discovered God and this has given him strength ("Jesus gave me that truck..."). But Jack still seems to be heading for that mental meltdown no matter how hard he believes and the inevitable loss of his freedom, his job and his family.

Mexican Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu had made the brilliant "Amores Perros" in 2000 and it went a long way to drawing in huge talent like Sean Penn, Naomi Watts and especially Benicio Del Toro (as Jack Jordan). Not conventionally structured - 2004's "21 Grams" uses the device of back and forward in time flashbacks to offer up a story of accidents and loss and extreme pain and how ordinary people cope with it (or not as the case may be).

The structure is odd and at times grating - but it brilliantly unfolds the story so you slowly twig what's happened and to whom. One minute Jack Jordan is clean-shaven happily waving to his friends by his pick-up - the next he's in a prison shower again with a towel around his neck (and he isn't trying to clear up his zits). Sean Penn's character Paul River's is wheezing on a ventilator while he sneaks a cigarette from a pill bottle stash in the bathroom in one scene - then is healthy and immaculately suited in the next scene as he ogles a woman in a swimming pool (Naomi Watts) he seems overly interested in for a married man. One moment he's raising a glass of wine with his friends celebrating an organ transplant that has literally saved his life - the next Paul is lying in a hospital bed looking battered with tubes in his mouth - ruminating on the size of the bodyweight you lose when you die (the film's title).

In between all of this we keep returning to a father (a brilliantly subtle Danny Huston) on his mobile to his wife. He is clearly not paying enough attention to his two young daughters giddily chasing a bird on the footpath ahead of him. As the three pass out of shot - leaves are blown ahead as a familiar-looking truck races past - and a few moments later (still out of shot) there's an ominous screech of tyres...

While Sean Penn is typically magnetic - the movie belongs to Benicio Del Toro who straddles it like a malevolent colossus. In the 'Making Of' the Director says you need only point the camera at him and magic will happen - worlds going on behind a glance. Yet somehow (and there are repulsive scenes with his family) Del Toro fills his tattooed enraged Jordan with such gravitas that you empathise with his gradual loss of faith rather than judge him. In one scene he begs a startled man to kill him - end his torment - and you don't for a second think that he doesn't really mean it.

But special praise should also go to the women who are simply astounding and in some cases act the showier male names off the frame. Charlotte Gainsbourg plays Sean Penn's wife Mary Rivers obsessed with having a child even if their relationship is disintegrating - while Melissa Leo plays the wife of the God-obsessed Jack Gordon trying to keep him out of jail and her family together (both are simply superb). But it's Naomi Watts who blows you away. There is a scene where she has to go the hospital to check on her husband and two daughters only to be given unfathomable news. As a parent you physically shake and ache with her harrowing disintegration (she's that good). The only other times I've ever seen this sheer acting power is in "Bright Star" about the life of poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne that has Abbie Cornish give the same kind of mind-blowing performance (see review) and Marion Cotillard's unbelievable performance in the Edith Piaf biopic "La Vie En Rose".

With a 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio (the full screen is filled) 'adequate' best describes the BLU RAY picture quality. It isn't great by any stretch of the imagination featuring many indoor and night scenes with an ever-present pallor of grain. Shooting was all about feel and immediacy - and prettily framed suburbia was never going to be part of the equation. But I'd still say that the power of the watch quickly dissipates any qualms on that front. The only subtitle is English for the Hard Of Hearing.

There's also a great "In Fragments" Making Of where the Director gets all the cast and crew to throw red roses in the air at the start of shooting and white roses when they finish. Each of the principal actors get spots and they're praise and love of the work is palatable. Icing on the cake is Gustavo Santaoialla's stunning score of electric and acoustic heavy guitar strums (like a Mexican Ry Cooder). Gustavo also embellished "Babel" and "The Motorcycle Diaries" with the same emotion-tugging power.

Nominated for 2 Oscars and 5 Baftas - "21 Grams" is visceral cinema peopled with a plethora of actors giving 1000% to a script they know is hard-hitting yet somehow real world redemptive. Inarritu would go on to make the equally brilliant "Babel" and the seriously harsh "Biutiful".

In 2014 you can pick up the stunning "21 Grams" for five quid on BLU RAY - and that's a skydiver well spent in my book...
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John ColeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 August 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
A good story ruined by bad directing.
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The thing that really spoils this film is that somebody, probably the director, decided to mix up the past and present. It entirely spoils the film to the point that I nearly turned it off. Too confusing to be enjoyed. Instead, I fast forwarded most of the second half out of curiosity. The ending was typically bad anyway. I recommend giving this one a miss.
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 December 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's confusing. It's depressing. But it's also one of the most startling pieces of film you are likely to ever see.
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A film that could only exist if a genius like Inarritu associates himself with a production and cast of absolute genious'.A film that needs to be watched more than once to fully appreciate how good it is, it is difficult to rip your eyes away from the screen, with such an unorthodox yet intriguingly poetic style and with some of the most intense acting I've ever witnessed.The cast is so believable it could be a documentary if it wasn't for the stunning direction and editing ,which could be argued, is such a mismatch to the non linear style. It really feels like it shouldn't work (the first time I watched it I hated it) it felt unnecessarily complicated but with every viewing after that I realised that a linear story would of made this just another film but because of the style it holds you to the story. There really is nothing bad to say about it, it's a film that true film lovers should watch because as confusing as it is, whilst watching it, it all makes perfect sense in the end, after the second or third viewing. If you enjoy pretty colours and loud explosions like every Micheal Bay film ever made then don't watch it because it will make your head hurt.
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D. A. SmithReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 October 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
An emotional roller-coaster with the brakes on.
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Waited a long while to watch this and to be honest i'm not a great fan of Sean Penn, but it was worth it. Fantastic introduction to characters with a winding - albeit sometimes confusing - story-line that edges slowly toward enlightenment. An easy 2 hours to enjoy with people that enjoy something deeper than your regular spoon-fed movie.
Pete LumbReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 July 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
hard to watch, worth it?
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immediately urges you to leave. The subject matter is horrible and the format difficult to follow. I call it spaghetti philosophy. If you persist you find you actually do find you understand what is going on despite the random nature of the time shifts. Many will give up as i did first attempt. Can't blame them. I was intrigued enough to try again and In the end the mess becomes a great movie.. Now i "get it" I cannot give it less than 5.
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