Thursday, February 22, 2007

Babel (2006)


Writer-director team Guillermo Arriaga and Alejandro González Iñárritu had nowhere to go after this, the climax in their celebrated series of connect-the-dots challenges with a progressively inflated sense of heft. From the get-go the picture takes up a pitch of grandiosely hushed hysteria - children! with guns! - and holds on to it like a destitute mother to her still-born child.
So much happens across the four interconnected stories in this movie - every photogenic kind of pain and suffering - and in the end the feeling is that nothing really happened. All of the various sufferings come off as interchangable - not because of any slap-my-forehead we-are-all-connected epiphany, but because every batch of violent sobbing and high misery is driven by the same person's (or persons') sadistic, self-aggrandising urge to look profound.

dir: Alejandro González Iñárritu
cast: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Adriana Barraza, Rinko Kikuchi, Gael García Bernal, Elle Fanning, Nathan Gamble, Koji Yakusho, Mahima Chaudhry, Shilpa Shetty, Said Tarchani


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