In the darkly futuristic world of Babylon A.D., the rules are simple: kill or be killed. Hard-hitting action superstar Vin Diesel (XXX, The Fast and the Furious, The Chronicles of Riddick), stars as Toorop, a ruthless mercenary hired to smuggle a mysterious young woman from the post-apocalyptic confines of Eastern Europe to the glittering megalopolis of New York City. Hunted at every turn, Toorop spirits his charge across a nightmarish wasteland only to uncover a shocking secret that will bring the entire world to its knees. Eye-popping action and mind-blowing special effects clash head-on in this hard-edged film, where the only rule is survival.
Not half as bad as some reviews make out.
- Babylon A.D. review by Shatner's Bassoon
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Babylon A.D is set in a near future post apocalyptic earth where the world has divided on religious grounds; the East has reverted to an almost pre-cold war poverty stricken and lawless state, and the West is a prosperous hi-tech authoritarian world ruled by a new religion desperate to validate itself in the eyes of the people. A mercenary named Toorop, exiled from his native America as a convicted terrorist, is paid by a Russian gangster to escort a young woman named Aurora from a Mongolian Noelite Convent across Russia to America. As the story unfolds Aurora exhibits strange powers and abilities and a power struggle begins as various mysterious figures pursuing their own agenda try to block Toorop's mission of getting Aurora to New York. I was surprised to see such negative reviews about Babylon A.D, while it isn’t a five star film; it’s well above average for a film of this genre and you do get a sense that some reviewers had made their mind up before watching it. This first half of the film chronicling the journey from Russia to New York is fairly slow paced with some action sequences; but the latter half based in New York is fast paced and action pact. Even here in its original 86 minute theatrical cut, Babylon A.D is a decent enough film. There is good plot which slowly unravels throughout the film, as a viewer you do have to invest a bit of concentration and patience to follow what’s going on, but once all the pieces of the story fall into place your patience is rewarded and it’s a fairly enjoyable ride.
- Babylon A.D. review by Jawbreaker
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Epic science fiction films are rare commodities nowadays so I had approached Babylon AD with some hope. The involvement of Vin Diesel and with Mathieu Kassovitz directing may have heralded an overlooked gem in the genre, but what we have here is a woeful mess. By all accounts the lead actor and director didn't see eye to eye, causing terrible issues for the production. Soon the film was delayed and over budget. In the end Kassovitz disowned the project and what we have here is a cut put together, which is far from the original vision and that ending will leave you confused, never mind questioning what happened to some of the characters.
Babylon AD is not a total write off, with some good effects and design elements but the majority of the film is pretty much a waste of time. Not a career highlight for anyone involved in this movie. The unrated version is ten minutes longer and doesn't really solve the confusion left by the theatrical cut, in essence whatever you watch it won't make any difference.