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Film Review: 21 Grams (2003)
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21 Grams (2003). Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga. The film starts with a man (Sean Penn) cradled in the arms of a woman (Naomi Watts) in the back of a car. The man is bleeding from gunshot wounds, and the car is being driven by another man (Benicio Del Toro) to a hospital. That's about as good a summary as I can give you, as the plot of 21 Grams is fractured and told in a non-linear manner. On the one hand, the film is extremely well written (including the odd manner of the plot) and Penn, Watts and Del Toro are all excellent. On the other hand, the film is a hard watch, and unrelenting in the bleak and depressing story. The title relates to a disproven theory that the body loses 21 grams when it dies, which was originally believed to be the soul. Arguably that's the only negative point for me, that the name relates to a daft theory. Recommended for those who can deal with the dark subject matter. 4/5 (Good)
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