Babylon A.D. (2008)
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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