Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchette, Gael Garcia Bernal, Koji Yakusho
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Rated: R (For violence, some graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use)
The fact that the most emotional storyline is easy expendable shows that this movie could have used more heart. The storyline surrounding the Moroccan boys sets off the whole storyline, yet that storyline is the least emotionally involved. The caretakers trip through the dessert is emotionally involving, yet one wonders whether or not the movie could have survived without it. Obviously the most important storyline in the movie is that of Brad Pitt, who is desperately trying to save his dying wife with nothing to work with. On a whole, I guess "Babel" works as a mild curiosity. Watching the movie certainly won't result in boredom, but how does one go back to a movie that adds up to one thing: That someone pulled the trigger and due to a lack of communication in the languages there was chaos. It's an interesting question to be sure, and one wonders whether or not the film maker would have been better off making a film trilogy instead of forcing three movies into one. It's a good movie, but I can certainly live if I never see it again.
Parents, will want to preview this film for language, sexual situations, and violence. Recommended for ages 17 and up.