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21 Grams
Academy Award® Nominee
A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother and a born-again ex-con.

Starring Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Benicio Del Toro...  View more >

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Dec 31, 2003
Great cast and even greater performances. Though not a "weak" performance, Penn may be the odd man out at Oscar time. The story is a bit melodramatic, though the way it is told greatly reduces that factor. Doesn't make my 2003 top 10 list, but it rated some consideration.
Sep 15, 2006
21 Grams is one of those movies that makes you wonder what you just saw, due to its non-linear style. I've been seeing a few of these lately (Memento and Syriana are two recent examples), and I really need to knock that off for a while, because it's confusing!

Like those other movies, this movie deserves to be seen more than once to fully understand it. The first time, you are trying to keep up for the first half of the movie, so you're probably missing quite a bit and not able to appreciate the artistry of the story being told to you. That's not to say that you won't appreciate the movie if you just see it once, you just may not realize how good a movie it is until much later, after you've had a chance to let it soak in a little.

Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, and Benecio Del Toro all give incredible performances. 2003 was quite a year from Penn, as it marked an excellent performance from him in Mystic River as well (for which he won Best Actor). Watts and Del Toro were nominated for Oscars and the movie and its actors received plenty more nominations and wins for other awards.

The movie is gritty, and it's not until the end that you are told what the title means. Don't cling to the need to understand the title, however, as its meaning has little to do with the movie itself in my opinion.

If you don't care for unconventional movies, this may not be for you. It's not for art lovers only, but you can't go into this movie with your brain turned off. You'll lose patience and look for that DVD of Commando you've watched dozens of times. But if you're willing to pay attention and allow the story to unfold before you, the reward is worth the effort!

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