Anyway, I didn't think it was that bad! I'm terrible at writing reviews about things though, I generally like most everything, books and movies. But really, I didn't think Babel was too bad. I found the different stories very interesting, but really, the Japanese seemed a little removed from the situation to really tie it in. It was still interesting, but I don't know what they were going for with that.
The whole story didn't really seem to have a point. And I know they filmed it to make you really feel the 4 different stories and how they somehow tie into one another, but it isn't an original idea, and though they tried to do it differently, during parts it just wasn't pulled off that well. The way that they filmed it, I think you were really less attached to the character for some reason. Their short and choppy story time maybe? It didn't really draw you in.
I thought the acting was great though, and it was entertaining, though the problems with the medical care brought back too many memories of problems that were had in rural China while I was there. The medical situation (or lack thereof) is relatively the same. And people always get hurt and you are always hours and hours away from anything that can help. Ugh, bad memories.
Half of it made me want to travel there, I had loved traveling in Muslim areas when I was in west China, but it also made another part of me never want to travel at all, because I know too well that accidents can happen when you are on vacation and there is always the possibility of never coming back. Which is a scary thought because, no matter what we say, we generally think we are invincible. But that is what happens, and just chalk all this depressing talk to my post traumatic stress disorder that I really should consider seeing someone about.