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babel was brilliant (but intense!)

babel was brilliant (but intense!)
November 10, 2006 MICHAEL KNUDSEN



good morning my pop friends! so last night i caught a screening of babel which stars brad pitt, cate blanchett, gael garcia bernal, & koji yakusho – i didn’t read too much about this movie before seeing it – i knew i really enjoyed the previous films of director alejandro gonzalez inarritu (amores perros, 21 grams) so i had a feeling i would enjoy it – i just had no idea that i would fucking love it! it’s definitely not a movie for everyone – it’s very intense and quite gut wrenching at times – but the way the story unfolds and is told – kept me literally on the edge of my seat! there were plenty of moments where you could say ‘oh my word!’



i totally dig films where a series of events sets off another and things start to come unraveled – there were four basic stories told that intertwined and blended together – i’m sure some will say the film is a bit sadistic and overindulgent but i found it to be a beautifully stunning experience – the director so knows how to capture the flavor of each country that is explored within the film – from japan to mexico to morocco – the director cut back and forth from each story unfolding – keeping things interesting – not a film you could fall asleep while watching – you’re just dying to know how it will all come crashing together at the end…



gosh i was completely satisfied – and not having known a lot about the movie – it was a very pleasant surprise! (if i read too much about a movie before i see it – i end up having preconceived notions which are not cool to bring to a film) the performances from each and every actor were incredible (my favorite performance was from adriana barraza who plays the meixcan nanny ‘amelia’) i would love to see some oscar nominations for this film (don’t forget those awards are just around the corner) i’ll be curious now to hear what other people thought of babel…i would imagine it’s one of those films that people will love or hate – but either way no one can discount the incredible job done by the director – plus the soundtrack was kick-ass too and i’ll be picking that up when it lands in stores on nov 21st but you can go see the film right now as it opens everywhere today! (i posted the trailer below as well) popbytes over & out for now…xxoo!








In the remote sands of the Moroccan desert, a rifle shot rings out–detonating a chain of events that will link an American tourist couple’s frantic struggle to survive, two Moroccan boys involved in an accidental crime, a nanny illegally crossing into Mexico with two American children and a Japanese teen rebel whose father is sought by the police in Tokyo.



Separated by clashing cultures and sprawling distances, each of these four disparate groups of people are nevertheless hurtling towards a shared destiny of isolation and grief.



In the course of just a few days, they will each face the dizzying sensation of becoming profoundly lost–lost in the desert, lost to the world, lost to themselves–as they are pushed to the farthest edges of confusion and fear as well as to the very depths of connection and love.