Babylon A.D. Reviews
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.
"Life's simple: kill or be killed, don't get involved and always finish the job. A survivor's code, my code, and it all sounds great until the day you find yourself confronted by a choice."
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 (Vin Diesel), 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 (Mélanie Thierry) and Aurora's guardian Sister Rebeka (Michelle Yeoh) 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.
This film had potential and a highly regarded director but what went wrong?, you might ask. The studio, 20th Century Fox was involved way too much and the fruit of director Mathieu Kassovitz's labor ended up murdered, hanged on a meat-hook and electrocuted. Its too bad because I can see the potential if only the studio didn't meddle and let Kassovitz do his thing. After all this grueling ordeal, we ended up with a short, convoluted 93 minutes of senseless all out action and no story. It felt like a dumbed down version of Children of Men and the story comes apart right from the start.
In Kassovitz's vision of the film, its supposed to be two hours long and the action scenes are only there when necessary. He would've focused much more on character and plot development and less on action. In the theatrical release, it was cut down to 93 minutes filled with unnecessary action scenes and ended up with unsympathetic characters. Vin Diesel is a bankable muscle man and he's the reason why I'm giving this movie such a rating. He pretty much carried the whole film and I can see his effort but sadly, the story he's working in is just too messy and in disarray. Too bad, we'll just have to wait when the Director's Cut comes out.
so what's in the theater next door?