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“Juggling four interconnected subplots with slightly...”

Written on: 18/05/2007 by Timix1 (33 reviews written)

Juggling four interconnected subplots with slightly staggered timelines in one movie is no small accomplishment, so director Alejandro Gonz lez I rritu and writer Guillermo Arriaga deserves credit just for giving it a shot even if the finished product had proven to be a complete mess. Mind you, the twosome workshopped these same elements with great success on their previous collaborations, AMORES PERROS and 21 GRAMS. The intense, stunningly ambitious BABEL, however, belongs in a league all its… Read Full Review

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“This is a highly intelligent, deeply affecting film....”

Written on: 10/03/2007 by Amanda Speedie (11 reviews written)

This is a highly intelligent, deeply affecting film. Shot in documentary style, it offers the realism of unforced observation, yet it is brilliantly arranged and choreographed. Innaritu has achieved actors' performances which appear absolutely natural, and understated, and which give their characters enormous dignity. The result is so accomplished that the unfolding story audience is totally absorbing.

A sequence of events is set off by an accident when two brothers are arguing over the… Read Full Review

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“It left me wondering what the point of it all was. I...”

Written on: 04/02/2007 by OnionTerror (1 review written)

It left me wondering what the point of it all was. I can't understand why anyone would have this idea and then actually write a whole screenplay for it. Like I said, each story was fair enough but none of them really combined at any point, so it was like...why? What was the reason for making this film? I'm afraid it just came across as being an excuse for some nice direction and use of different cultures and places without any real substance behind it.
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177005_Chris N's Response to OnionTerror's Review

Written on: 08/02/2007

Interesting review. I was going to see Babel, but after reading your review, I think I might wait for the DVD release!

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