Babel

Why watch it: Interesting direction Director Alejandro González Iñárritu. Some fine acting by Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt and others. Cool story by Guillermo Arriaga— that of a tourist woman greviously injured by a bullet while travelling in Morocco, North Africa and the linkage between a particular item, a gun, and a variety of people playing their part well/badly in the drama of life.

Rating: 7.5 Out of 10.

Disclaimer: The review/details given below include plot spoiler(s)…only for those who would not be watching the film, or don’t mind knowing the details.

Babel (film)

Babel (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Story: This is the third flick in the trilogy of non-linear films by Director Alejandro González Iñárritu. Like other of Alejandro’s flicks, this film too deals with death/accidents and coincidences wherein the lives of strangers intersect each other. A tourist {Cate Blanchett} gets shot while travelling in Morocco, North Africa. Her husband {Bradd Pitt} is around her during this hour of need, and we find them going through emotional turmoil. We learn that the shooter is a local kid who was given a high-powered rifle to fend off jackals and that the kid was testing the rifle while accompanied by his brother. Meanwhile, in the US, a babysitter takes her employer’s children for a wedding in Mexico, while in Japan a verbally-challenged young schoolgirl tries to satiate certain urges taking hold of her. Just as when we are feeling lost about where the movie is headed, we learn the deep connection between the people in the various narratives, and understand that fate somehow speaks a common language connecting people in different countries.

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