Have you ever wondered why people take drugs? Now me, being a somewhat inquisitive and open-minded person by nature, do find it interesting to figure out why some low-life scum wants to be smashed out of their heads for the sheer hell of it. As a matter of fact, just like these guys and girls too. Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu; and Actors: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, and Benicio del Toro. But only in 2003, and for 127-minutes.
The nature of time sways backward and forward for three very
different people living somewhere in America.
Sometimes it's in the past. Whilst other times it's in the present. Though, to
be honest with you, to define 'the present' isn't really an easy thing to
accomplish within the scene of things. To explain:
Paul Rivers (Sean Penn) is a mathematician who is dying of
heart failure / trying to conceive a child with his ex-girlfriend / and
out and about searching for someone that only he knows. Whereas Cristina Peck (Naomi
Watts) is a devoted mother / a lonely woman high on drugs / and a tiered
individual worn down by the tragedies of time. And as for Jack Jordan (Benicio
del Toro) on the other hand, he is an ex con who is a religious zealot / a
strict disciplinarian to his children / and a loving husband to his put-upon
OK, I am sure that you are confused by these people's lives
so far. Correct? So for me to put is another way:
By accident, Jack runs down Cristina's husband and children
in a tragic car accident. Now just before Christina's spouse dies, she is
willing to donate his organs to a donor program. Paul gets Christina's
husband's heart, and with it a new lease of life, plus an inquisitive nature as
to whom his heart once belonged to.
There, that was much better, wasn't it? Unlike Jack's mind.
You see, distraught by what he has done to Christina's family, Jack hands himself in to the authorities, and spends quite some time in prison. Suicidal,
and begging for the good Lord for some forgiveness.
Meanwhile, whilst Jack is inside, Paul decides to find out
whose heart he has. And so, on numerous occasions, he follows Christina around
town; and in each instance tries to befriend her, without really explaining to
her why he is doing this.
Moreover, as days turn to weeks, the forces of nature
conspire to bring Jack, Paul, and Christina together again for their very first
/ last time. Well, I suppose that is why what next transpires is a right
puzzlement of the elements all in all. As death comes a knocking - lives need
some blocking - love is in the air - and nobody is ready for despair.
Before I give you my opinion on this very artistic and
well-polished slice of cinema, '21 Grams', please allow me to tell you two very
important stories from my own life, just to explain to you how I perceived this
STORY ONE: STRANGE BUT TRUE
Just like Sean Penn's character in this film, I
too have had a donor transplant in my time. Two as a matter of fact. And do you know what? I have to state
for the record that I do feel that this procedure did change me as a person. On
numerous occasions I have behaved and done things that I did not normally do
prior to my operations. Moreover, I still have an inquisitive nature as to who
my 'donor' really belonged to. Fact.
STORY TWO: EYES DOWN FOR A FULL HOUSE?
Have you ever read a role playing book before? I
have. It is a piece of story ladened literature that you read through, and on
certain pages, make certain decisions, so you can progress along the tale. For
example - if you want 'Timmy' to go through the door, turn to page six. But if
you want 'Timmy' to go down the well, turn to page four.
One time I tried reading this book straight through, without
following it by its rules. That is what watching this film was like.
OK, now my stories may be over and done with. But these
filmic facts are not: (1) This film was recorded with the use of hand-held
cameras and shot in chronological order [although it was not depicted that way].
(2) Benicio del Toro was an extra in the
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