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21 Grams (2003)

Sean Penn , Naomi Watts , Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Benicio Del Toro, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Melissa Leo
  • Directors: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
  • Writers: Guillermo Arriaga
  • Producers: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Robert Salerno
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS ES), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001CNRRU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,020 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "21 Grams" on IMDb

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The emotionally and physically charged lives of three people, a college professor (Sean Penn), an ex-con (Benicio Del Toro) and a young mother with a reckless past (Naomi Watts), collide unexpectedly in this gripping suspense thriller. Fate brought them together. Now vengeance will take them to the heights of love, the depths of revenge and the promise of redemption. Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro and Naomi Watts give the finest performances of their careers in the film that is "tantalizingly alive!" (Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly)

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a grisly roadside accident...we couldn't look away December 31, 2005
We watched 21 Grams last night.

To counteract the severely intense, tragic film we watched Leno's monolog about half-way through and, after the movie was over, Seinfeld Season Five's "The Marine Biologist." Even with humor during and after, we still went to bed feeling depressed.

This is not a film for the faint of heart (or even faint of mind). It requires one to suspend all hope and pay attention to the slow, choppy unfolding of the story.

As others have noted, this film unravels in a distinctly non-linear fashion -- story lines overlapping, backing up, coming at you from the past (or the future - hard to say which), all interspersed to tell the tale of three couples whose lives intersect in tragic, unexpected ways. (Remember Memento? This film owes a lot to that ground-breaking effort.)

Death, drugs, tragedy, sex, hopelessnes, spiritual and emotional devastation -- all these themes and images are pounded into the viewer from people whose lives have forever fallen apart.

Sean Penn is riveting, as usual. But so are Benicio Del Toro and Naomi Watts (who, I think, turned in the performance of her career).

All I could think about while I watched the movie was this: Life turns on a dime. At any given moment, my life could take a turn like the lives of these characters. Many lives take that turn every single day, and the downward spiral begins. That fear of sudden devastation chilled me to the bone the whole time I watched film. So, in effect, even though this isn't a traditional thriller or horror movie, it still scared the hell out of me.

I'm not sure this is the kind of movie I'll be able to watch again. But I'm definitely sure it's one I'll never be able to forget.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "they say you lose 21 grams when you die" November 5, 2005
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21 grams is an underated gem with a splendid cast. It is one of the best movies that I've ever seen and is also one of the most original. It has a brilliant cast including Sean Penn, Benicio Del Torro and Naomi Watts. The acting alone is worth the watch but the
21 grams is a deep movie and will require the watcher's full attention. It won't all make sense until the end because of the way that it is formatted. The movie is so original because it throws random scenes at the screen. One might be from the from the future..etc.. For example, one scene you see Benicio Del Torro in prison, the next in a church, the next as a construcion worker. One scene you see Sean Penn bleeding to death, the next smoking, the next driving his car. Now that's what is so original and genius about the makes you open your mind and the scipt is brilliantly conceived.
You will be scratching your head at times and be like "what is going on?" because the movie's goal is to connect all of these scenes in the end. It makes you watching till the wonderful conclusion.

There is no need in talking about the plot because that was something that I enjoyed discovering on my own during the movie. It includes vengeance, tragedies, life and death, and change. Some characters go from being happy to depressed and drug users; others change from violent to religious; others go from dying to being saved.
The movie has cruel ironies a plenty and the movie is so powerful that you will be thinking about it for a while. Everything in this movie has a message and a point so pay attention.
21 grams is one of the best movies out well as one of the most tragic. It is a must see and can be comapred to the movie Crash. But 21 grams is a better movie for many reasons.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life, Death and Redemption. October 19, 2004
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This is a hard film to see and understand, nevertheless is outstanding and deserves to be seen.

Film director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has developed a complex, tasty and compromised "film d'art". We may trace different stylistic influences on this movie: Quentin Tarantino's (Pulp Friction) non linear time sequence and some touches of Kieslowski's (The Double Life of Veronique) casual but most meaningful encounters between different characters.

Inarritu transforms an ordinary everyday issue in a strange, tangled and puzzling drama.

The story is as follows: there is a sick mathematician waiting for a heart transplant as last resort to survive; there is an ex-con trying to make a new clean life for him and his family; there is a family father taking care of his daughters. Tragedy and fate reunite all these elements into a griping tale.

Main actress and actors in the film perform greatly.

Sean Penn, as the feeble hearted mathematician, is able to express and transmit the anguish of nearly dying man. Afterwards he shows the compulsive need to find who his donor was.

Benicio Del Toro, as the ex-con, presents a very convincing mask of a tormented man trying to overcome his addictions and drawbacks in order to have a new opportunity.

Last but not least, Naomi Watts, as the widow of the donor, gives a performance full of subtleties.

Viewing this movie in DVD gives the unique opportunity to go back to previous scene when you get lost.

A tasty dish for movie fans. Enjoy!

Reviewed by Max Yofre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
the blu ray arrived quickly and in tact
Published 3 days ago by ila hurley
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
The script is just as good as the film.
Published 1 month ago by Sheela
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and tragic
Nine Things about the Movie “21 Grams” [USA, 2003]

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Published 2 months ago by Paul Donovan
3.0 out of 5 stars Rough!!
Not entertainment!! An experience!!! Left me with more questions and few answers... Don't really want to spend this much time on this...
Published 3 months ago by Named Storm
4.0 out of 5 stars Good acting in this dark tale.
Good actting in this dark tale. The story is improbable but a good vehicle for the exploration of life and death issues.
Published 4 months ago by D. Kaplan
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Forgive Me..." - 21 Grams On BLU RAY
Like a freight juggernaut carrying the poisoned cargo of a screwed-up past coupled to a temptation-filled present - ex convict Jack Jordan is a train wreck waiting to derail yet... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark Barry
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the directing
Spoiler alert - this jumps around in time, like Memento. Loved it. Very well done.

Looking for more by the same director.
Published 7 months ago by nakah prime
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to follow
I enjoy Sean Penn and have always found his craft to be entertaining. However, the mix in this story line was hard to follow. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Barry Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars 21 GRams
Great movie would watch it again....great interesting theme. Actors very good in the movie love all the characters. Must see!
Published 11 months ago by Golf Lady
2.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, bare-bone blu-ray release
No menues, no subtitles, no extra features. The only reason I'm giving it 2 stars is because the picture quality was excellent and the movie itself was great. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Alucard-XII
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explain 21 grams--the term. The film says we lose 21 grams when we die....
If these measurements are accurate (and 21gr can easily be just instrumental error when weighting a 90,000gr human body), there are most luckily due to the escape of residual air in the deceased's lungs than anything else.

For the soul to exist and to have...weight it would mean to have mass-... Read More
May 14, 2009 by NeuroSplicer |  See all 3 posts
What are the special features?
amazon lists just one making of featurette on the disc...If its true, then this has to be another shameless double dip...They could've released a real 2 disc set or something with some real meaty extras or they could've included this making-of on the previous edition of the dvd as well. Why buy... Read More
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