A thousand jigsaw pieces of death, new life, pain and salvation, greying and tattered at the seams, fitted together in the wrong formation but still creating a picture of the utmost despair. Fantastic performances across the board but found it slightly harder to get into initially than Amores Perros.
People who leave low reviews for this film are trying so hard to find flaws. Yet everybody seems to agree that the directing/editing is brilliant. But the acting, people, the acting is sublime. Each character is so well suited to each actor/actress, that it feels they were born to play in 21 Grams. Granted, the philosophical points are a tiny bit gratuitous. But Iñárritu has crafted an amazing & unforgettable film.
Iñárritu stays true to his style with his second feature with three outstanding performances offering a triptych of human pain.The narrative is disjoint, like the lives of its protagonists after a car accident. This process, by precipitating moments of horror and oddity, which makes this an unconventional story.The story shows these three people coming to pieces and wondering who they are and what life amounts too.
Stellar cast. Really naked performances. Keeps you gripped and hanging on, you can try to work it out but there is no point, you are only shown what you need to see at the time you need to see it. You just need to go along with the ride and enjoy the film, sharing these lives and what happens to them. Great film. "How many lives do we live? How many times do we die?"
Ultra-dramatic high-octane extra-long feature by visceral director González Iñárritu. The suffering of everyone walking on two legs in the film is relentless and that helps the feeling of force-fed gratuitous carnage. Three characters linked by rocambolesque fate. A fragmented editing but not unpleasant. If Iñárritu wanted to elucubrate about the ulterior nature of life and death, I'm afraid that he missed the target
Absolutely tremendous acting. Regardless of whether the film is satisfying by it's finale, the acting makes all of it feel irrelevant. Iñárritu once again delivers a heartbreaking and captivating non-linear innovative film, surprisingly different from it's predecessor, Amores Perros. It's a study of cause, coincidence, and consequence, and fate is cleverly played around with thanks to Iñárritu's puzzle of a story.
Seen this countless times and yet it never gets old. A sombre story unfolds through clever directing/editing with acting to match. This really is an ensemble piece that is executed to perfection. The musical score also bleeds into each scene at just the right moments, further intensifying the macabre narrative - can't praise this film enough! SK
Bello, molto complesso nel montaggio che all'inizio spiazza lo spettatore (prima sembra un flashback, poi si capisce che è tutt'altro), e con un intreccio forse fin troppo fatalista, ma funziona, intrattiene ed emoziona. In fin dei conti, essendo una grande produzione con tanti attori di punta, rimane un film che dà spazio a tutti e fa emergere interpretazioni fantastiche.