A muscularly-edited nonlinear structure is the main draw here, and it's important, for the story at the core of 21 Grams is simple: Three strangers are drawn together in the wake of a horrible car accident. Iñárritu and his writer Guillermo Arriaga would rather you be unable to figure out anything during the first 15 minutes or so, until the fragmented… read more!
Movies Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (in alphabetical order)
I am slightly jealous of Amores Perros, because it has a story setup similar to one I have long thought of using: taking a tragic traffic accident, then telling the stories of all the previously-unconnected lives affected by it. Here we have three victims: the first a punky teenager who enters the world of dogfighting in order to raise the… read more!
The third feature by Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu closely follows the same theme and structure of his first two, Amores Perros and 21 Grams: A tragic accident has occurred, and Iñárritu follows the various strangers whose lives have been affected by it. Amores Perros played with different characters who never meet; 21 Grams plays with time. Babel plays with… read more!
Michael Keaton plays Riggan Thomson, a once-popular Hollywood actor best known for playing a fictional superhero named Birdman. It's been some 20 years since he turned down Birdman IV and thus killed his career. In an attempt to prove to the public that he's actually a great actor, Thomson decides to write, direct, and star in a Broadway adaptation of… read more!
In 1823, a fur trapper named Hugh Glass was mauled by a bear in South Dakota, left to die by his colleagues Thomas Fitzpatrick and Jim Bridger, and crawled some 200 miles back to what then passed for civilization. That basic premise, along with a few morbidly fascinating details about how the severely injured Glass made it through the bitter Dakota winter, provide the factual basis… read more!