Friday, May 10, 2013

21 Grams

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How many lives do we live? How many times do we die? They say we all lose 21 grams… at the exact moment of our death. Everyone. ★

They sure are right when they say Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu keeps making the same movie over and over again.  This one just happens to be Amores perros, but with a fresh and alienating injection of pretentiousness.  There’s something so self-righteous about the story, one in which three characters’ (a teacher with a newly minted heart, a former drug addict-turned mourning housewife, and an ex-con who has found religion) lives are all intertwined, that not even a formidable cast can resolve my misgivings.  Told in non-linear fashion while exalting the fight between coincidence and fate, 21 Grams achieves few things, most of which aren’t redeeming.  In fact, and by no fault of its own, the film somehow engenders top performances from Sean Penn, Benicio del Toro, and even Naomi Watts.  Those performances, however, are overshadowed by Iñárritu’s cinematic moral high ground.  Let me save you the time—should you choose to overlook this overrated experience—and sum up the lesson that would be learned here if you weren’t being beaten over the head with it from On High: Love while you live, and if you haven’t, learn how.

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Ian Tilman Nichols

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