According to Genesis 11:1-9, mankind, after the deluge, traveled from the mountain where the ark had rested, and settled in ‘a plain in the land of Shinar’ (or Senaar). Here, they attempted to build a city and a tower whose top might reach unto Heaven, the Tower of Babel.
The attempt to build the Tower of Babel had angered God who, in his anger, made each person involved speak a different language which ultimately halted the project and scattered and disconnected the people across the planet.
Babel, the film directed masterfully by Alejandro González Iñárritu is collection of intertwined stories that are affeted by two young boys accidentally shooting a rifle in the Moroccan desert. 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.
Brad Pitt in one of his finest roles on film yet, is brought into the confusion when his wife is accidently shot. His is just one of the fine performances in this movie along with Cate Blanchett who plays his wife; Gael García Bernal and Acadmey Award nominees; Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi. The cinematography is beautiful in a harsh kind of way, and the story is riveting. A