Skip it aggressively.
I unfortunately had a seat that faced the screen and I have two hours of my life that I will never get back.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
An abysmal French thriller in which everyone -- Diesel included -- speaks as if they've learned their lines phonetically.
| Original Score: 1/5
[A] futuristic mess of biblical proportions.
Babylon's plot is a lumpy mixture of The Fifth Element and Children of Men, while its dystopian future references Blade Runner, Dune, and The Matrix.
| Original Score: D+
A must-see only for fans of snowmobile chases.
When this Vin Diesel vehicle isn't pointlessly frenzied, it's narratively inert, wasting some decent production design, and a French-flavored cast primed for fun.
| Original Score: 1/4
'I'm very unhappy with the film,' the director recently told an online magazine. Join the club.
Without whatever strident critique Kassovitz intends, it's a typical B action movie -- the inevitable pseudo-warm bonding scenes deadly, the fights largely incoherent -- with the occasional pleasing set-piece.
Babylon feels like an almost random pastiche of good and bad. There may be a deadly virus, or genetic engineering, or a virgin birth, or some combination of all, it's not clear.
| Original Score: 2/5
The only explicable thing about Babylon A.D. is that it was not screened in advance for critics.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Unfortunately, a 'Matrix'-style shoot-out offers a glib, violent solution to what is otherwise an intriguing emotional conflict.
| Original Score: 2/6
A noisier, costlier version of Children of Men, yet lacking that film's social-political significance and jaw-dropping direction.