Babylon A.D. (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Babylon A.D. (2008)



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

Movie Info

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 from a convent in Kazakhstan to New York City. Toorop, his new young charge Aurora and Aurora's guardian Sister Rebeka embark on a 6,000-mile journey that takes them from Eastern Europe, through a refugee camp in "New Russia," across the Bering Straight in a pilfered submarine, then through the frozen tundra of Alaska and Canada, and finally to New York. Facing obstacles at every turn, Toorop, the killer for hire, is tested like never before, in ways he could never have imagined--as he comes to understand that he is the custodian of the only hope for the future of mankind. For the first time in his life, Toorop has to make a choice: to make a difference or walk away and save himself. Too bad it came on the day he died.more
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, language and some sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Mathieu Kassovitz, Eric Besnard
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 6, 2009
Box Office: $22.5M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Vin Diesel
as Toorop
Michelle Yeoh
as Sister Rebecca
Lambert Wilson
as Dr. Arthur Darquandi...
Charlotte Rampling
as Neolite Priestess
Joel Kirby
as Dr. Newton
David Belle
as Hacker Kid
Jan Unger
as Fight promoter
Abraham Belaga
as Assistant to High Pr...
Gary Cowan
as Neolite executive
David Gasman
as Neolite researcher
Lemmy Constantine
as Neolite marketic exe...
David Gasman
as Neolite researcher
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Critic Reviews for Babylon A.D.

All Critics (101) | Top Critics (17)

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.

Full Review… | July 29, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Skip it aggressively.

Full Review… | November 7, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

I unfortunately had a seat that faced the screen and I have two hours of my life that I will never get back.

Full Review… | November 7, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 3, 2008
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Top Critic

Babylon A.D. is a plodding incoherent fiasco, though an oddly compelling one.

Full Review… | July 29, 2014
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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

Full Review… | July 29, 2014
Radio Times

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.

Phil Hubbs

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.

Dean King

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.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Babylon A.D. Quotes

Darquandier: Ain't that a bitch.
– Submitted by Ludvig A (3 years ago)
Toorop: Save the planet one child at the time.
– Submitted by Ludvig A (3 years ago)

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