Sunday, July 15, 2007

End of the Week Movies

Today: 21grams and Apocalypto.

21 grams (2003)
They say we all loose 21 grams when we die. All of us. But how much is gained?
21 grams, the weight of a humming bird, a chocolate bar...
This dark movie was shot in chronological order, but is edited in a non-linear arrangement where the lives of the characters are depicted before and after the accident. The three main characters each have 'past' 'present' and 'future' story threads, which are shown as non-linear fragments which punctuate elements of the overall story, all imminently coming toward each other and coalescing as the story progresses. Great acting by Sean Penn and Benicio del Toro on top of the supporting cast.

Apocalypto (2006)
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations. On top of Braveheart's hero directing it. I was expecting something totally different...bloodier and harder. Instead what I got from it was a similar sensation as from the Last of the Mohicans, a great movie with Daniel Day Lewis back in 1992, where a silent type of hero does the job. Indeed some cruelty was shown but, again, those were the days (1) and not too heavy (less than "Saving Private Ryan" for example, in my opion). In essence a good movie and a great representation of the Mayan civilisation.

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