Tragedy spreads through `Babel'

review B-

November 10, 2006|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Babel doesn't devolve into babble, but it comes perilously close.

The third film from the writer-director team of Guillermo Arriaga and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Babel displays neither the ingenuity of Amores Perros nor the cohesiveness of 21 Grams. Like those earlier films, it focuses on a series of seemingly unrelated events - in this case, involving four families in four countries - that end up being connected to one another in ways that aren't immediately clear. Also like the two earlier films, it purposefully jumbles its narrative, unfolding its story in seemingly random fashion, without regard to chronology (although each story thread is told chronologically, the timelines don't match each other) or any other convention.

Babel (Paramount Vantage) Starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Garcia Bernal. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Rated R. Time 142 minutes.

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