Babel- July 19th

Babel (2006)
English/Spanish/Japanese/Arabic/French/
Japanese Sign Language/Berber- Drama
Rated “R”
Runtime- 143 min.
dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu
 

Unbeknownst to me, this film is part of a “Death Trilogy” by the director.  This trilogy of movies includes 21 Grams, a film I previously watched for this blog.  And the similarities don’t end there!  As you would expect with anything that starts with “death”, all the movies deal with mortality and star high-profile actors that not everybody likes.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

I think it’s better that the characters stay separate from each other, despite their lives becoming intertwined.  The most interesting part for me was that the stories didn’t necessarily take place simultaneously, but yet shared events and meaning.

Acting: 1.5/2

Great characters, but not from who you would expect.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

All of the on-location shooting really captures the gritty reality that translates well with the other elements of the film.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

Good practical effects, and some fairly impressive work concerning the fake news footage.

Misc: 1.5/2

It manages to fall a little short of something great, which is surprising considering the running time.

VERDICT: 7.5/10

Watchable if you need to feel more hardened and slightly depressed in your soul.

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