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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Sean Penn
Naomi Watts
Benicio Del Toro
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Melissa Leo
Clea Duvall
Directors
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Screenwriters
Guillermo Arriaga
Running Time
124 minutes

21 Grams


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Plot
The build-up to and aftermath of a tragic accident sees three people — model housewife, untrustworthy mathematics professor, born-again ex-con — brought together by fate. Their lives are thrown into violent turmoil and strange relationships develop, but are they destined to destroy or save each other?


Verdict
Superb. It’s sometimes necessary to give ambitious movies the benefit of the doubt, critically speaking, but not in this case. 21 Grams strives for greatness, and that’s precisely what it achieves.


Reviewed by Rob Fraser

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