21 Grams

There’s a trick to watching this movie.  The first, say, 20 minutes or so, being presented out of chronology, won’t make any sense, but if you sit through that, everything will come together.  A great cast, with Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, and Naomi Watts, energizes this affecting drama about spirituality, loss, revenge, and new beginnings.  For those who haven’t seen trailers, the title refers to 1907 experiments that revealed that humans lose 21 grams at the moment of their death—leading to postulation that the change was caused by the soul leaving the body.  Reviewed 14 Apr 2004