Babylon A.D. [Blu-ray]
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Release Date: 6-JAN-2009
Media Type: Blu-Ray
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The plot is all over the map and can be hard to follow,but here is what I gleaned from it.Van Diesel,in 2019,is a mercenary for hire.This is a world that is in utter chaos,with countries fighting countries like never before and people relying on no one but themselves to survive.Vin Diesel,once a U.S. citizen,has been forced to survive in now war torn Russia.The streets are chock full of merchants selling death of every description.The film starts out in the now,but we go back six days to the circumstances that led up to that point.Vin Diesel was hired by a local Russian mobster(Depardieu)to get a young girl raised in a convent to NYC.Even though Van Diesel has no passport,he is given one to get her there.The mobster in turn has been paid by the girl's "father"/creator to ensure her safety.It seems her "father" genetically engineered her years before but the woman who paid him to do it,and who now runs a powerful religious sect,the Neolites,wants her back.The "father" squirreled the girl away in a convent in Russia until the proper time came.The "proper time" means the girl who Vin Diesel must escort to New York is now pregnant;done so with no outside"help".This is a "miraculous conception" the religious leader wants back,to show the world and become ever the more powerful.
Vin Diesel escorts the girl and her caretaker with him across Russia.They are dogged all the way by both Neolites and the girl's "father's"men.Read more ›
The action scenes are okay, if not great but what impressed me was the dizzying amounts of different set locations. Desert? check. Mountainous areas? check? Icy blizzards? check New York City? check. This is one globe-trotting film. Check it out, you might enjoy it.
After viewing it, I was left with a bland taste in my mouth. I was disapointed by the last 20 minutes of the movie and I'm still trying to understand what the heck happened!
Its started really good, kept you intrigued and all, but they forgot to add some details in this movie along the way. A lot of things happened, but you have no clue why it does.
Un fortunately I hate movies that don't explain why certain things happen, much less when you get to the good part, where you're sitting there, waiting to finally get the answer to why Aurora is like that and BAM. They fast forward the whole thing in 5 minutes and its THE END.
You are litterally left on the couch, wondering what the f*** just happened to this movie!?
I'm not sorry to have watched this movie, but I definately am disapointed that it was crushed the way it did at the end.
Alas, such is the case with Mathieu Kassovitz's "Babylon A.D." You can see why the director denounced his own work -- the end result is an incoherently chaotic thriller that comes across as the malformed, mildly psychotic love child of "Children of Men" and "Blade Runner." There are some really bad movies out there, but "Babylon A.D."'s incoherence puts it in a place of honor.
A Russian mobster (Gerard Depardieu) hires a thuggish mercenary with the bizarre name of Toorop (Vin Diesel) to do a simple task -- transport a girl named Aurora (Melanie Thierry) and her guardian Noelite nun (Michelle Yeoh) to New York. But it soon becomes obvious that Aurora is no ordinary charge -- she seems to have precognition and inherent knowledge that a sheltered girl could never have, such as how to operate a submarine. No, I am not making this up.
But it soon becomes obvious to Toorop that more is going on here than it appears -- apparently a malign High Priestess (Charlotte Rampling) is aiming to create a genetically-engineered messiah, which Aurora is now pregnant with (she's a virgin, by the way). Now Toorop -- whose cold, dark, selfish heart has been touched by Aurora -- must try to keep her safe from those who would use her...
The movie may be called "Babylon A.D.," but a better title would be "Babble-on Addled." Apparently Kassovitz's original creation was thoroughly sliced'n'diced in the editing room, and seemingly random parts were stitched back together. Therefore, this Frankenstein's monster is graced with more violence than plot, and manages to be both painfully simplistic and incomprehensible.Read more ›
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Vin, I said it before and I'll say it again. You are the Baddy with the big heart and that's why I enjoy the most in your movies. Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2009 by Antonio