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Genesis Chapter 11,
This review is from: Babel (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
'Babel' is a film of overwhelming depth and power, a truly miraculous achievement. It takes three seemingly unrelated stories and weaves them together in such a masterful and compelling way, to where you find yourself deeply invested emotionally in these characters situations without actually realising when you began caring - it's done so seamlessly, it just creeps up on you, subtly and organically.
The film is not just ambitious for the sake of being ambitious, either. There's a genuine depth here, real characters in all their humanity, and the ultimate achievement is indeed on the purest human level. There's an astounding amount of political subtext going on - some stated, some implied, some even more subtly inferred - but the film, in the end, is not about any of it. It's the human element that's at the core of this near-masterpiece - it's as humans, after all, that we are connected, regardless of our cultural, race, class and/or intellectual differences. 'Babel', like '21 Grams' before it, is a film that most assuredly knows where the heart is located.
From what I hear, the second disc of this DVD is a feature length making-of video diary, can't wait to see it.