Alejandro González Iñárritu and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga cap off the trilogy of films that began with "Amores Perros" and "21 Grams" with a rich and engrossing drama. Iñárritu displays virtuosic narrative clarity in juxtaposing the nearly crisscrossing lives of people from four different countries. Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett are a married couple on vacation in Morocco when a stray bullet brings their lives crashing down while their children, back home in California, slip into a desperate border crossing situation under the supervision of their Mexican nanny. In Tokyo, a deaf-mute student (Rinko Kikuchi) struggles to recover from her mother’s recent death under the unsure guidance of her father Koji Yakusho). Unforgettable and moving, "Babel" is this year’s "Crash."
Rated R. 144 mins. (A-) (Four Stars)