Before I start this review, a little history... Alejandro González Iñárritu made a movie several years back called Amores perros. Apparently that loosely translates into "Love is a bitch". Bitch in this case literally meaning dog. The movie was a few stories linked together (weakly) by the fact that all of the people were crazy about their dogs. It was lame. But of course it won some awards and Iñárritu gets to keep making movies. Next he got a budget and hired some stars and made 21 Grams. Which was at times brilliant and at others ridiculous. Now he's made Babel and it has earned an Oscar nomination. Sadly he's making the same movie and he's not getting any better. The review. What in the hell is Babel? Know what I think? I think its a reference to babel fish cause the movie seems to be saying we are all the same just separated by language. This is a big leap but I think I'm onto something. What you have is 3 stories all linked by the characters inability to understand each other. You've got the Americans who mistreat a Mexican nanny then there is the deaf mute Japanese girl and a Moroccan family. The way the 3 stories are intertwined involves more than just the language barriers but it still remains intangible. The performances are strong but at times distracting. For the most part everyone is an unknown, except for Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. They stand out and draw unnecessary attention to themselves just by being there. So where do I stand? I'm not sure, it's not terrible but it certainly isn't Oscar worthy, which of course means it will probably win and Iñárritu will get to make this movie again and again. I'm pretty disappointed, not just in the movie but in the fact that the Academy even nominated it. I think that has a lot do with the names and the reputations more than anything. If you like non-linear movies do yourself a favor and watch the movie that started it all, Pulp Fiction. Then you can watch Magnolia and Traffic and see more examples of how it's done right, this one does it wrong. Final score... 2 out of 5 OSNN Stars.