Babel 
Monday, November 13, 2006, 11:06 AM
I saw Babel last night with high expectations: it received good ratings on both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes. The cinematography was excellent, the soundtrack was moving, the dialogue was convincing, and the acting was quite decent; unfortunately none could salvage an absolutely horrible script.

Apparently someone sat down and said, what we really need is a movie with a disjointed collection of characters who we don't get the opportunity to know or care about, who have a series of horrible things happen to them. The movie was like a slow motion human train wreck. Very quickly the audience is able to figure out that every pleasant moment is only placed there so that when the writer smashes the characters' lives to pieces their pain is all the more jarring. All this havoc is wreaked through a combination of callous indifference, negligent incompetence, bureaucratic indifference, and foolish decisions on the part of the characters as well as outside forces. Nobody in the movie deserves what happens to them, and I suppose that's supposed to form some "deep though" that is part of the point of the movie. In reality, though, Babel is simply a two hour saga of human misery that tosses out some cheap commentaries regarding language barriers and global connections as if they're supposed to excuse the film for lacking anything regarding a coherent storyline.

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