21 Grams is the second Sean Penn movie of the year that is sure to touch us in ways we never knew.
The film is centered on a tragic accident where reformed alcoholic and ex-con Jack Jordan (Benicio Del Toro) accidentally kills two children and their father. As a result, Cristina Peck (Naomi Watts) is left to cope with the loss of her two children and husband. A mathematician (Sean Penn) gets a second chance at living by receiving the heart of Cristina’s husband.
As the story moves forward, each of the characters starts a new life in which they all become enmeshed in one another’s survival.
The acting in this film is extraordinary. Penn’s character, Paul Rivers, displays a poignant illustration of death as his uncertain future is tested throughout the film. Del Toro has our attention as his actions and decisions keep us enthralled. Watts certainly is the stand out performer, displaying a sense of emotion so daring and stimulating.
Academy Award winner for Amores Perros, screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, has created a masterful image of what it’s like to live in a world full of hope and humanity. The direction of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s (Amores Perros) moves us emotionally, cutting from past, present and future, adding to the perplexing and turbulent world of the characters’ lives.
The union of Guillermo Arriaga, Alejandro González Iñárritu and the acting abilities of Del Toro, Penn and Watts, is a display of unique talent. 21 Grams gives us a jigsaw puzzle that is both artful and effective. 21 Grams is a contemplative and powerful film definitely worth seeing.
Kevin Nolty can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.