Starring: Sean Penn, Benicio del Toro, Naomi Watts, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Melissa Leo
Normal individuals, each living a separate life culminate together due to an incident, big or small. Its a plot line that is not new to the movie industry and success or failure of the movie solely depends upon the depth and relevance of that very incident. A mathematics professor, Paul Rivers (Penn) has a fatal heart condition due to his smoking habit and needs a transplant if he wishes to survive. He has managed to get back to his wife Mary (Gainsbourg) although their relationship is very distant. Jack Jordan (del Toro) is a convict who is out on parole and learns the way of Jesus to redeem himself of his sins and give up on his alcohol and drug problems. Christina Peck (Watts) is a happily married mother of two beautiful daughters who has managed to put her drug abuse behind her and move on to become a responsible and caring mother. The three families come together when Jack accidentally runs over Christina's husband and two daughters and kills them. Christina decides to donate her husbands organs and his heart reaches Paul who undergoes a transplant. Jack is filled with guilt and decides to turn himself to the police. Paul wants to find out whose heart is inside him. Christina needs a shoulder to cry on and cannot seem to move on in life. The incident that brings the three together is well crafted but the movie is far too slow and stretched and demands a lot of patience from the audience to sit through the entire 2 hour ordeal. The performances are good with Naomi Watts particularly standing out for her exceptional performance. The movie can be acclaimed on technical grounds but lacks the entertainment factor that the average viewer is always looking for.
Thumbs up: Naomi Watts and her exceptional acting
Thumbs down: Too slow and stretched to be likable