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Babel

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Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What we say Feb. 22 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Alejandro González Iñárritu and Guillermo Arriaga (who have sadly had a falling-out) may be one of the most formidable creative teams in the industry. Without resorting to cheap sentiments or preaching, Iñárritu crafts a quietly compelling follow-up to "21 Grams," with an introspective look at the interlaced lives after a tragedy.

Two boys in Morocco buy a rifle, and while testing it out, they strike a passing tourist bus. Unfortunately, the bullet strikes a vacationing American woman (Cate Blanchett), in the middle of a rural area with no real medical facilities. Unable to be transported, the woman and her husband (Brad Pitt) are dropped off in a rural village, to await help.

Unknowingly, the boys have triggered off shattering events in other people's lives across the world -- a troubled, deaf Japanese girl (Rinko Kikuchi) causes a commotion, and the police find that this neglected, lonely teen is the daughter of the man who originally had the boys' rifle. And the American couple's nanny (Adriana Barraza) is delayed going to her son's wedding, and attempts to bring the children into Mexico with her -- with disastrous results.

"Babel" is like a series of completely different photographs, but with the same person in the background. These haunting looks at how lives can be changed in an instant -- and the effects of violence, whether malicious or careless -- makes up the last volume of Iñárritu and Arriaga's "Death Trilogy." It illustrates death with the fragility of life.

But it's also about the difficulty of communicating in the modern world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything is interconnected Feb. 29 2012
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Babel (2006)
Drama, 143 minutes
Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Rinko Kikuchi

Nominated for seven Oscars and winning for best score, Babel is a sprawling tale of how a gun links four separate groups of people. Pitt and Blanchett are the focus of one of the stories, but the other three are probably more compelling.

The film will take you to Morocco, the US, Mexico and Japan. It deals with themes such as love, loneliness, adolescence, the law, and kindness. It amazes me how people who have almost nothing will still give you something.

The appeal of Babel for me is the way in which Inarritu weaves the complex threads together to create a believable and enthralling story. Many of the actors were unknown to me, but I wasn't disappointed with any of the performances. It's hard to watch this film and not be moved emotionally by at least one of the stories; I was moved by all four.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What we say March 22 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:HD DVD
Alejandro González Iñárritu and Guillermo Arriaga (who have sadly had a falling-out) may be one of the most formidable creative teams in the industry. Without resorting to cheap sentiments or preaching, Iñárritu crafts a quietly compelling follow-up to "21 Grams," with an introspective look at the interlaced lives after a tragedy.

Two boys in Morocco buy a rifle, and while testing it out, they strike a passing tourist bus. Unfortunately, the bullet strikes a vacationing American woman (Cate Blanchett), in the middle of a rural area with no real medical facilities. Unable to be transported, the woman and her husband (Brad Pitt) are dropped off in a rural village, to await help.

Unknowingly, the boys have triggered off shattering events in other people's lives across the world -- a troubled, deaf Japanese girl (Rinko Kikuchi) causes a commotion, and the police find that this neglected, lonely teen is the daughter of the man who originally had the boys' rifle. And the American couple's nanny (Adriana Barraza) is delayed going to her son's wedding, and attempts to bring the children into Mexico with her -- with disastrous results.

"Babel" is like a series of completely different photographs, but with the same person in the background. These haunting looks at how lives can be changed in an instant -- and the effects of violence, whether malicious or careless -- makes up the last volume of Iñárritu and Arriaga's "Death Trilogy." It illustrates death with the fragility of life.

But it's also about the difficulty of communicating in the modern world.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time Dec 22 2007
By Aeneas
Format:DVD
I looked forward to this movie as the reviews spoke of a great movie. Instead it was truly disappointing. It followed Murphy's law that if something can go wrong it does go wrong and it truly did. There was nothing harmonious in it as it jumped from Marocco, to Mexico, to Japan in a disjointed fashion with lots of jump in time as well. The director just tried to do too much and it didn't work. The acting was nothing to speak about either. Nope, you can skip this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable film April 27 2009
By Kona TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Several stories set in places around the world are related only by a freak accident with a rifle: An American couple (Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchette) are on a tour bus in the Moroccan desert when the wife is shot by a some poor children who are trying out their new rifle. Back home in San Diego, the couple's housekeeper takes their children across the border into Mexico with near-tragic results, while the rifle is traced to a businessman in Japan.

The separate-but-ultimately-related-stories technique is similar to that used in the movies Crash and Traffic and used just as effectively. Each story is grim and edge-of-your-seat intense; I don't think I took a deep breath during the whole movie. All of the actors are excellent as is the location photography. We see some good, bad, and ugly in several different cultures as families deal with unexpected events.

The title relates to the Tower of Babel, where God confounded the people's language so they couldn't understand each other. Certainly, each story has frustrating moments of poor communication that become matters of life and death. Though the movie is long, the tension never lets up and I was really caught up in the drama. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a little too much obsessed methinks
Babel is worth watching as the director does a great job of interweaving the three storylines. The problem is twofold--the scriptwriter seems too be far too obsessed with bodily... Read more
Published on March 5 2009 by Brian Maitland
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time
I looked forward to this movie as the reviews spoke of a great movie. Instead it was truly disappointing. Read more
Published on Dec 22 2007 by Aeneas
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as thought it would be
With all the hype, (the Golden Globe award, the Academy nominations) I was expecting a lot more. Something along the lines of Crash stretched over several continents. Read more
Published on March 17 2007 by Erico
3.0 out of 5 stars Babel is a confusing and complicated film.
I'll never understand how this movie received 7 Oscars nominations and it didn't deserve the Golden Globe for Best Dramatic Film. The movie is confusing and complicated. Read more
Published on March 9 2007 by Vader
5.0 out of 5 stars Lasting impression
Babel is incredibly thought-provoking and a thoroughly gripping experience. There were several plots that are occuring simultaneously between the characters, and every one has you... Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2007 by Jubejube
4.0 out of 5 stars People behaving badly
Although this movie's very long

And jumps around quite madly

You'll find it's really all about

People behaving badly

Moroccan boys play... Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2007 by Amanda Richards
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