Babel

I just finished watching Babel. This is actually the second time I rented it. I rented it previously from NetFlix but did not get a chance to watch it. I sent it back so we could get a new movie that others at home would want to watch. I had heard good things about this movie so I used a Blockbuster gift card to rent it this week.

The movie it self takes place in Morroco, San Diego, and Tokyo in inter connected stories. The main event is the shooting of an American tourist. The rest of the story revolves around the gun and the children of the tourist.

The timeline of the movie bugged me. I know it was stylistic and probably necessary. We start off with the shooting and then go back in time to see how it happened from the victim’s point of view. Another story line is actually 5 days in the future from the shooting. In the end it all made sense.

I saw Crash on an iPod so I’m not sure that was the best way to watch it. It clearing shared DNA with this movie. I have heard people talking about being overloaded by the interconnected story but I liked this one. I have to recommend it.

There is some nudity that rules it out as something to share with the kids which is unfortunate. That whole story line could have been told without reverting to the gratuitous display. Brat Pitt does not Bogart the screen. His portrayal is is honest. He looks weary and beaten down in this roles. Combined with the nudity, his dialog earns the R rating.

Be prepared to read the subtitles for arabic, spanish, japanese, and sign language.

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