21 Grams

  • Directors:
  • Producers: Robert Salerno
  • Writers: Guillermo Arriaga
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Benicio del Toro, Melissa Leo, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Danny Huston

The story is told in a non-linear manner. The following is a linear, chronological summary of the plot:

Jack Jordan is a former convict who is using his new-found religious faith to recover from drug addiction and alcoholism. Paul Rivers is a mathematics professor with a fatal heart condition. Unless he receives a new heart from an organ donor, he will have less than one month to live. Paul’s wife wants him to donate his sperm so she can have his baby, even if he dies. The two are civil to one another, yet distant. Cristina Peck is also a recovering drug addict, and now lives a normal suburban life with a supportive husband and two children. She is a loving mother and active swimmer, who has left her days of drugs and booze behind. These three separate stories/characters become tied together one evening when Jack kills Cristina’s husband and children in a hit-and-run accident. Her husband’s heart is donated to Paul, who begins his recovery.

Cristina is devastated by the loss and returns to drugs (2C-B and ketamine) and alcohol. Paul is eager to begin normal life again, but he hesitantly agrees to his wife’s idea of surgery and artificial insemination as a last-ditch effort to get pregnant. During consultations with a doctor before the surgery, Paul learns that his wife had undergone an abortion after they had separated in the past. Angered, Paul ends the relationship. He becomes very inquisitive about whose heart he has. He learns from a private detective that the heart belonged to Cristina’s husband, and begins to follow the widowed Cristina around town.

Jack and Cristina rush Paul to the hospital. Jack tells the police that he shot Paul, but he is released. The conflict between Cristina and Jack remains unresolved (they meet in the waiting room after Paul’s death, but do not speak). Cristina learns in the hospital that she is pregnant. After Paul’s death, Cristina is seen tentatively preparing for the new child and Jack is shown returning home to his family.

Hostage

  • Directors: John Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Wong Kar Wai, Guy Ritchie, John Woo, Joe Carnahan, Tony Scott
  • Producers: Robyn Boardman, Mary Ann Marino, Robert Van de Weteringe Buys, Jacky Pang Yee Wah, Tapas Blank, Arthur Anderson, Tony McGarry, Leon Corcos, David Mitchell, Angelica De Leon, Nicole Dionne, Aristides McGarry, David Fincher, Philip Steuer, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Jules Daly, Brian DiLorenzo
  • Writers: Andrew Kevin Walker, David Carter, Joe Sweet, Guy Ritchie, Guillermo Arriaga, Greg Hahn, Vincent Ngo, Joe Carnahan
  • Genres: Short, Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Clive Owen, Tomas Milian, Mason Lee, Forest Whitaker, Mickey Rourke, Adriana Lima, Madonna, Lois Smith, Maury Chaykin, Kathryn Morris, Don Cheadle, F Murray Abraham, Clifton Powell, Gary Oldman, James Brown, Danny Trejo, Marilyn Manson

The plots of each of the films differ, but one constant remains: Clive Owen plays “The Driver”, a man who goes from place to place (in presumably rented BMW automobiles), getting hired by various people to be a sort of transport for their vital needs.

Star

  • Directors: John Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Wong Kar Wai, Guy Ritchie, John Woo, Joe Carnahan, Tony Scott
  • Producers: Robyn Boardman, Mary Ann Marino, Robert Van de Weteringe Buys, Jacky Pang Yee Wah, Tapas Blank, Arthur Anderson, Tony McGarry, Leon Corcos, David Mitchell, Angelica De Leon, Nicole Dionne, Aristides McGarry, David Fincher, Philip Steuer, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Jules Daly, Brian DiLorenzo
  • Writers: Andrew Kevin Walker, David Carter, Joe Sweet, Guy Ritchie, Guillermo Arriaga, Greg Hahn, Vincent Ngo, Joe Carnahan
  • Genres: Action, Short, Comedy
  • Actors: Clive Owen, Tomas Milian, Mason Lee, Forest Whitaker, Mickey Rourke, Adriana Lima, Madonna, Lois Smith, Maury Chaykin, Kathryn Morris, Don Cheadle, F Murray Abraham, Clifton Powell, Gary Oldman, James Brown, Danny Trejo, Marilyn Manson

The plots of each of the films differ, but one constant remains: Clive Owen plays “The Driver”, a man who goes from place to place (in presumably rented BMW automobiles), getting hired by various people to be a sort of transport for their vital needs.

Babel

  • Directors:
  • Producers: Steve Golin, Jon Kilik
  • Writers: Guillermo Arriaga
  • Genres: Drama
  • Actors: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Adriana Barraza, Rinko Kikuchi, Nathan Gamble, Elle Fanning

The movie focuses on four interrelated sets of situations and characters, and many events are revealed out of sequence. The following plot summary has been simplified, and thus does not reflect the exact sequence of the events on screen.

In a remote desert location in southern Morocco, Abdullah, a goatherder, buys a high-powered .270 Winchester M70 rifle and a box of ammunition from his countryman Hassan Ibrahim to shoot the jackals that have been preying on his goats. Abdullah gives the rifle to his two young sons, Yussef and Ahmed (played by local non-professional actors Boubker Ait El Caid and Said Tarchini), and sends them out to tend the herd. Competing gently between themselves and doubtful of the rifle’s purported three-kilometer range, they decide to test it out, aiming first for rocks and then for a bus carrying Western tourists on the highway below. Yussef’s bullet hits the bus, critically wounding Susan Jones (Cate Blanchett), an American woman from San Diego[3][4] who is traveling with her husband Richard Jones (Brad Pitt) on vacation. The two boys realize what has happened and flee the scene, hiding the rifle in the hills that night.

Glimpses of television news programs reveal that the US government holds the shooting to be a terrorist act and is pressuring the Moroccan government to apprehend the culprits. Having traced the rifle back to Hassan, the Moroccan police descend quickly on his house and roughly question him and his wife until they reveal that the rifle was given to him by a Japanese man, and then sold to Abdullah. The two boys see the police on the road and confess to their father what they have done. (They believe at the time that the American woman has died of her wounds.) The three flee from their house, retrieving the rifle as they go. The police corner them on the rocky slope of a hill and open fire. After his brother is hit in the leg, Yussef returns fire, striking one police officer in the shoulder. The police continue shooting, eventually hitting Ahmed in the back, seemingly killing him. As his father rages with grief, Yussef eventually surrenders and confesses to all the crimes, begging clemency for his family and medical assistance for his brother. The police take him into custody. The family’s fate is unresolved.

At the end of the movie, a phone conversation between Amelia and Richard is repeated from Richard’s end of the phone. This is the original phone call at the beginning of Amelia’s story. In this conversation it can be heard that he is allowing Amelia to go to her son’s wedding because Susan’s sister will be able to watch the twins. It is not until the next morning on another phone call they learn that Susan’s sister cannot take care of them and thus Amelia is forced to take the children with her.

Amores perros

  • Directors:
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Guillermo Arriaga
  • Genres: Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Goya Toledo, Vanessa Bauche, Jorge Salinas, Adriana Barraza

The film is constructed from three distinct stories linked by a car accident that brings the characters briefly together.

“Octavio and Susana” stars Gael GarcГ­a Bernal and Vanessa Bauche as the title characters. Susana is Octavio’s sister-in-law, however Octavio is in love with her and doesn’t like how his brother, Ramiro, treats her. Susana also has a potential relationship with Octavio and he tries to persuade her to run away with him. Needing to make money so he and Susana can escape and start a life of their own, Octavio becomes involved in the business of dog fighting until his dog Cofi (Coffee) is shot during a fight by the rival owner, whom Octavio then stabs. While being fired at by his pursuers Octavio finds himself in a car chase along with his lifelong friend and the wounded dog. In the collision the best friend dies and Octavio is badly injured.

“Daniel and Valeria” stars ГЃlvaro Guerrero and Goya Toledo. Daniel is a successful magazine publisher who leaves his family to live with the Spanish supermodel Valeria. Unfortunately, Valeria is badly injured in the accident involving Octavio’s car and therefore can no longer work as a model. Valeria’s dog disappears under the floorboards in her and Daniel’s apartment one day and stays there for days. The missing dog triggers serious tension for the couple, causing numerous fights which leads to doubts about their relationship on both sides. Valeria reinjures her leg trying to help the dog resulting in severe internal bleeding which leads to gangrene. Her doctor is forced to amputate the leg, removing any chance she might have had at modeling. Once her leg is gone she realizes that her life is more than likely ruined since her sense of purpose, modeling, has been taken away from her.

Chivo is hired by a man to kill his business partner. Chivo is about to make the kill when the film’s central car crash interrupts him. During the chaos at the crash scene, Chivo steals Octavio’s wounded dog and takes it home to nurture it. Sadly, while Chivo is away, the rescued dog kills all of the other dogs in the house, but Chivo forgives him. Still grieving for his beloved dogs, Chivo captures his intended victim, and after learning that the victim is the client’s half-brother, he also captures his client. He leaves them chained to the wall with a gun between them and within the reach of both, their fate left undetermined. He then visits his daughter’s empty house, leaves a message on her answering machine and a wad of money, and disappears again.