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Babylon A.D. (2008)

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6

Average Rating: 3.1/10
Reviews Counted: 100
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 94

A poorly constructed, derivative sci-fi stinker with a weak script and poor action sequences.

0

Average Rating: 2.7/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 17

A poorly constructed, derivative sci-fi stinker with a weak script and poor action sequences.

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26

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 151,858

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It is the not-too-distant future. Thousands of satellites scan, observe and monitor our every move. Much of the planet is a war zone; the rest, a collection of wretched way stations, teeming megalopolises, and vast wastelands punctuated by areas left radioactive from nuclear meltdowns. It is a world made for hardened warriors, one of whom, a 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

Jan 6, 2009

$22.5M

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All Critics (100) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (94) | DVD (4)

The movie has a nice look -- gray, rusted metal exposed to Siberian and Bering Strait snow. What it lacks is coherence and a compelling reason for us to take this often-abrupt journey with Aurora, Toorop and Sister Rebeka.

July 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Skip it aggressively.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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I unfortunately had a seat that faced the screen and I have two hours of my life that I will never get back.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comment (1)
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With his face like a squashed doughnut, and physique like the tyres of a huge truck, Diesel just doesn't inhabit the same planet as Rampling or even Kassovitz himself.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
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This is a case of a potentially epic tale being pruned and diced to the point where its underlying ideas are reduced to trite clichés.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Even if it never finds an audience outside L.A., someone ought to write a book called When Dull Films Happen To Clever Production Designers.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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Babylon A.D. is a plodding incoherent fiasco, though an oddly compelling one.

July 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Despite all its noise and bluster, this big-budget blockbuster is actually a rather slight dystopian sci-fi thriller.

July 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

To put it bluntly, Babylon A.D. is a cluttered mess. Characters have been under developed, realtionships have no chemistry, and its conclusion feels rushed and leaves too many unresolved questions.

January 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Violent actioner is dull, dreary, and defective.

September 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A joyless mess of a movie.

August 1, 2009
Moviedex

There are moments here that are spectacular, and there are many more that are spectacular failures.

January 29, 2009 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

Kakostimeni apopeira foytoyristikis klotsoperipeteias, me metaiores senariakes akrobasies, tsoyhteres eksarseis melodramatismoy, asygkratites aythairesies metafysikoy kai enohlitikes omoiotites me to Pempto Stoiheio (1997), poy dinoyn neo noima stin euro-

January 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

With bland protagonists and power figures unpleasant enough for us to want them out of our sight more than we want them defeated, it doesn't do much to hold our interest.

January 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

I call it (sneeringly, natch) the 'New Nihilism,' but, to be fair, it's really just the old, Franco-Prussian existential angst hole ratcheted up and dumbed down for our not so brave new world.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

This occasionally lavish, often clunky venture is consistently watchable if not terribly memorable or distinctive.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

As if the gruff dialogue isn't bad enough, the action scenes are merely adequate.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Houston Community Newspapers
Houston Community Newspapers

Strap yourself in for some pure violence and stupidity.

October 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Whatever happened to Mathieu Kassovitz, the French actor director whose amazing film La Haine made such an impact 13 years ago?

October 10, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

With a messy storyline and screenplay to boot, the film feels disjointed and lacking true punch.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

If Kassovitz really believed he had a classic in the making, why didn't he take a stand and nix the casting of Diesel while he had the chance?

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

It's as though the film's final act was accidentally deleted on the digital editing console.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Babylon A.D.

Echoes of 'Johnny Mnemonic' went through my brain as I watched this, not that its as bad as that but its abit to close for comfort. I still dont really know what happened haha the plot is very very well hidden and the film is really mixed up.
The film doesnt know what it wants to be, there's the action of a sci-fi blockbuster in there and the usual standard martial arts affair but you can see the serious epic style wanting to come through too, shame they got Diesel in it.
The rest of the cast is weak really, Thierry is actually really annoying as the virgin child, I wanted her to get killed, and the rest dont really do anything.
Some nice touches like a 'Blade Runner' style NY city and quite decent if unsure why needed snow chase but thats about it, the cgi on offer was pretty poor too.
February 9, 2012
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

A real mess of a film that doesn't make a lot of sense. So much is left unexplained, so many plot holes....for most of the film you have no idea what it is about and what is going on, after that you only have a small idea of what it's about then it ends, badly with too many questions unanswered. Apparently the studio cut out 70mins of footage! No wonder the story isn't really explained.
April 3, 2011
Deano78

Super Reviewer

Babylon A.D. is odd, disjointed and a bit of a mystery. I think that's what I liked about it, it's got cult written all over it with a bit of 'guilty pleasure' thrown in for good measure. I can't believe they cut 70 minutes out but then again, I can believe 70 minutes was cut out of it, it does show. Bloody FOX though, I want to see the extra 70 minutes damn it! Although I won't pay for the UNCUT! version because it's FOX and they can kiss by bottom If they think they're getting their hands on my money!
January 31, 2011
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Vin Diesel not only dishes out maximum hulkage, he does so in the name of saving the world. He alone carries the burden of protecting the fragile and going up against assassins, bullets, rockets, planes, etc. Nothing can stop the the man with shaved gorilla strength. At face value, sure, it's no masterpiece. However, this movie is really fun and I think it's well worth your time. I loved the small touches, like Vin Diesel ripping apart a bunny rabbit and sauteing it with onions. I also appreciated the cage match fight in the middle of the movie designed to show that Vin Diesel can destroy a man twice his size.
October 15, 2010
ythelastman89

Super Reviewer

    1. Darquandier: Ain't that a bitch.
    – Submitted by Ludvig A (2 years ago)
    1. Toorop: Save the planet one child at the time.
    – Submitted by Ludvig A (2 years ago)
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