- Starring: Mélanie Thierry, Michelle Yeoh, Vin Diesel
It is the not-too-distant future, a hardened mercenary known only as Toorop lives by a simple survivor's code: kill...or be killed. His latest assignment has him smuggling a young woman named Aurora from a convent in Kazakhstan to New York City. Toorop, his new young charge Aurora and Aurora's guardian Sister Rebeka embark on a 6,000 mile journey. Facing obstacles at every turn, Toorop, the killer for hire, is tested like never before, in ways he could never have imagined - as he comes to understand that he is the custodian of the only hope for the future of mankind. For the first time in his life, Toorop has to make a choice: to make a difference or walk away and save himself. Too bad it came on the day he died. (20th Century Fox)
- Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
- Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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Jan 4, 2013I'm giving this a 10 just to try balance out all the ridiculous low scores it's getting. This movie is great, it's atmospheric, the action is brilliant, sci-fi fans will LOVE this. The acting isn't the best BUT it DEFINITELY isn't as bad as everyone makes it out to be. Watch the movie and decide for yourself. I guarantee you'll enjoy it… Expand
Aug 25, 2014If you like action and Vin Diesel, then this is a movie for you. There are some impressive stunts (though nothing very original), explosions, guns, and fast fights.
While there's a lot to see, the plot, while existing, is a little shady. Perhaps for those who have read the book this movie is based on understand it a bit better, I don't know.
Either way, while I liked this one, and found it entertaining and no doubt worth another watch too, it is still lacking something. The plot isn't solid enough, not sharp enough. The changes of personality, especially Thoorop's, come a little fast, slightly unexplained although you can see where they are coming from.
A cool movie, nonetheless, with some cruelty and questioning of morals.… Expand
Jan 7, 2012Babylon A. D. avait, sur le papier, tout ce qu'il fallait pour Ãªtre le nouveau Blade Runner, Ã commencer par un rÃ©alisateur de talent (Mathieu Kassovitz), un fond scÃ©naristique intÃ©ressant dans le domaine de la science-fiction et quelques pensÃ©es philosophiques sur notre sociÃ©tÃ©. Mais malheureusement, le film est trÃ¨s loin d'atteindre ce sommet. Surtout qu'au lieu d'Ãªtre un long-mÃ©trage puissant tel Les Fils de l'Homme, Babylon A. D. a les airs d'une sÃ©rie B amÃ©ricaine ou bien d'une production Besson (au choix) qui , en plus, n'explose Ã aucun moment pour satisfaire les fÃ©rus d'action (les scÃ¨nes Ã©tant peu nombreuses et inintÃ©ressantes). Sans parler d'un scÃ©nario Ã la fois incomprÃ©hensible (cette sociÃ©tÃ© futuriste est juste survolÃ©e et non dÃ©taillÃ©) et trop fade (tout comme l'ambiance, rendue Ã©nervante par la bande son). Et puis, c'est quoi cette voix franÃ§aise donnÃ©e Ã Vin Diesel? Reste un hÃ´nnete casting. Mais l'intÃ©rÃªt du film reste bien mystÃ©rieux...… Expand
May 18, 2013Babylon A.D. is Vin Diesel’s entire career in microcosm. He starts out as a gritty, amoral, selfish murderer a la Pitch Black, gets in a few car chases, pulls off some X-Games stunts, attempts some dramatic stuff which never really works, gets all sci-fi with confusing futuristic plot exposition, and by the end he’s morphed into The Pacifier, a glorified babysitter who has given up his guns for polo shirts and awkwardness with kids. As with every recent Vin Diesel project, when the credits roll, you’ll kick yourself for having been suckered into watching yet another one of his crummy movies.
The one thing all bad Vin Diesel movies have in common is that the film’s problems are never actually his fault. Vin delivers his usual solid, gruff performance in Babylon A.D., but the movie doesn’t deserve him. The film’s director Mathieu Kassovitz has already come out and blamed this disaster on studio interference, and that may be the case. I’m not here to assign blame though, simply to review what shows up on screen. What we have here is a mess.
It starts well enough, with Vin wandering around in a near-future Eastern Europe which looks a lot like the 80s near-future Detroit from Robocop. Vin is a mercenary named Toorop, hired to smuggle a girl named Aurora and her nun caretaker Rebeka into America. The set off through Russia, planning to sneak across the Bering Straight into Canada, even though the Bering Straight connects Russia to Alaska. Perhaps in the future Alaska has been conquered by the Canucks, there’s no real explanation for that or most of the sillier conceits going on in the movie. Even with its completely inconsistent characters, Babylon A.D. might have been sort of fun. In fact it is, for the first 40 or 50 minutes. There’s some mildly entertaining action sequences, done with average stunts and practical effects. It feels like you’re watching a particularly well executed episode of post apocalyptic thriller on the Sci Fi channel. At some point though, the fun stops and it becomes such a total mess that all you can do is laugh at it. The movie has no idea how to wrap things up and even worse, no idea how to explain any of what’s been going on. There’s some mumbo jumbo about virgin births which never amounts to anything, and some vague allusions to a cultish, corporate religion, but not enough explanation to connect the dots between any of it. I still have no idea why we were following around most of the people in this movie, and I don’t know that the actors in it do either. If they don’t know what they’re doing, then it’s doubtful you will. Don’t bother buying a ticket.… Expand