Friday, 2 March 2007

Three Movies-Babel, Blood Diamonds and The Departed

These days I have been watching movies. The Oscars awards and the sensational media coverage of this overhyped event has pushed me to take some interest in the movie world recently and I decided to watch after a long interlude( perhaps the result of overexposure or sheer repitition of Hollywood movies) a few Oscar nominated movies. So I watched Blood Diamonds, Babel and The Departed.


Babel directed by the Mexican Director Alejandro Gonjalez Inarritu starring Brad Pitt and Kate Blanchett is a film that interweaves the four unique stories from Morocco, Mexico, Tunisia and Japan. It has won an Oscar for the best original screenplay. The movie resembles the 1991 film 'Night on Earth' by Jim Jarmusch in the style of story telling but highlights the major difference that has crept into our our world since 1991 and that is a closely interconnected and interwoven world in 2007. The message of this movie is that everything is connected and transcend the national boundaries and to that extent that it has now started to influence the daily lives of the persons living in as interior as the Moroccan deserts and as cosmopolitan as Tokyo. The last year movie 'Syriana' brought this point to the forefront by showing to what extent the world has shrunk.
It's a movie worth spending one's time and money on.



Blood Diamonds written and directed by Edward Zwick is a movie set in a war zone in an African country. It brings out clearly the cost of conflict diamonds that has to be paid by the numerous lives of the noncombatants innocent people stuck between fighting rebels and warlords. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeniffer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou. Leonardo is a mercenary turned diamond smuggler, Jeniffer is a journalist covering the war and the blood diamond link and Djimon is a fisherman captured by the rebels to work in the diamond mines. Leonardo was nominated for the best actor award and Djimon for the best supporting actor but both could not get anything. This movies shows the international links in the blood diamond trade, has an interesting debate about who is responsible for the bloodshed- the buyers abroad or the producers in war-zones?

Blood Diamond is also worth putting one's time and money.



The Departed has got the Martin Scorsese his long awaited( indeed very very long wait since 1978 Raging Bull- his first Oscar nomination) best director award. It's a brutal bloody movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson. The film is about the south Boston police and a criminal gang infiltrating into each other to know each others designs and co-opt each other. It's a crisp movie and with a ambivalent love triangle and lot of bloodshed. Reminds me of the Face Off and cold war days movies in style.
Watch it only if you really want to watch it.

3 Comments:

Blogger Reel Fanatic said...

Though I can definitely see the similarities, I have to say I enjoyed Babel a whole lot more than I did Syriana ... Arriagga and Inarritu took a lot more time and care with character development than the makers of Syriana, and it definitely paid off

3/3/07 3:54 am  
Blogger Atyllah said...

I'm always a little skeptical about what comes out of Hollywood and tend to prefer foreign language movies - English, French, Italian. But Babel sounds really worth the watch - I'll look out for it. Thanks.

11/3/07 1:57 pm  
Blogger Yuva said...

on back of blood diamond, i read long way gone about boy children. thought might interest you.

2/4/07 6:54 pm  

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