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Babylon Ad [Blu-ray] [2008] [US Import]

Vin Diesel , Michelle Yeoh , Mathieu Kassovitz    Blu-ray
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Mark Strong
  • Directors: Mathieu Kassovitz
  • Writers: Mathieu Kassovitz, Joseph Simas, Maurice G. Dantec, Éric Besnard
  • Producers: Alain Goldman, Avram 'Butch' Kaplan, Benoît Jaubert
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KMB6VE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,922 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



While not the career shot-in-the-arm that Vin Diesel was probably looking for and certainly needs, Babylon AD does have its merits, and they make it just the kind of fodder waiting to greet a DVD audience.

The plot of Babylon AD sees Diesel heading from Europe to New York, transporting a package that turns out to be more than it first seems. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Diesel’s mercenary character inevitably comes up against the dangers and problems of a world in chaos and disarray. This is a cue for plenty of action, and some solid effects, all of which are easy on the eye and the brain.

The problem with Babylon AD, though, is that the plot doesn’t make a great deal of sense, and the film displays all the hallmarks of one that’s been hacked too far in the editing room. This doesn’t fatally hurt it, but it certainly inflicts a good deal of damage.

As it stands, Babylon AD is a decent, and comparably brisk futuristic thriller, that had the potential to be a lot more than it is. But at worst, it’s still enjoyable enough, and a decent way to spend an easy night in front of the telly. --Jon Foster

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Infamous as the film that was so bad even its director went public to warn audiences off (albeit his complaints were mainly aimed at the incomprehensible studio cut that is released as a single disc DVD), Babylon A.D. may be a huge step down from the days when Mathieu Kassovitz was making the likes of La Haine or even The Crimson Rivers, but in the director's preferred version released in French theatres and on DVD as the `extended version,' it's an okay silly scifi action film. There's not much in the way of the ideas from Maurice G. Dantec's novel that attracted him to the project in the first place and it's little more than another derivative Children of Men-style chase through a future dystopia with a few added cyberpunk fittings as Vin Diesel's mercenary is hired by an unrecognisable Gerard Depardieu's Russian mobster to deliver Mélanie Thierry's genetically engineered mystery girl from Eastern Europe to New York with a little help from Michelle Yeoh's two-fisted nun and hindrance from Charlotte Rampling's corporate religion and mad scientist Lambert Wilson's followers.

Take it seriously and it's a non-starter, but take it as an overpriced bit of Euro comicstrip nonsense with the odd striking scene - a terrorist bombing in a crowded railway station, refugees trying to scrabble aboard a submarine before it submerges beneath the ice - and it's an okay if rather familiar timefiller. The longer 'harder' cut certainly isn't a profound rediscovered masterpiece, but unlike the shorter cinema version that seemed to have been hacked to pieces by a combine harvester, the plot and characters do make a lot more sense and you do get to see Mark Strong with hair.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Impressive. 31 Oct 2010
By Max
Despite being a huge sci-fi fan I have always found Vin Diesel's films to be very disappointing with the exception of Pitch Black. I will spare the long list of criticisms but usually the dialogue is a big let down for me. That said though I do like the guy and his enthusiasm so I picked this up because it was on offer and I was frankly curious thinking lets give it a chance. I was preparing myself for disappointment but I was very surprised to find myself really enjoying it.

Firstly I thought the envisioned tech level for the time period felt very realistic. In particular the massive divides between rich and poor societies. Although perhaps portraying the East as one enormous ghetto like something out the "STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl" games as opposed to having poorer war torn areas and affluent ones was a mistake. The portrayal of life in the complex, getting food at the start and the style and appearance of Diesels's apartment at the beginning scored instant points for just seeming 'right'. In addition there were many small little features which showed that someone had gone to a lot of trouble to think this future through (e.g. the paper maps, the surveillance footage, the submarine etc.).

The plot raced along merrily enough and I enjoyed the very strong cyberpunk feel (Yes I have read Gibson and Sterling so I do say that with confidence). Some of the action scenes and fighting did let things down as the film was doing such a good job of presenting a realistic portrayal of life in the future that having hordes of bad guys getting their backsides kicked did seem silly which was a great shame. Furthermore, some of the sci-fi concepts were really interesting and could have been expanded upon. The AI conditioned unborn children for starters (awesome idea!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Vin Diesel? Cornelius Toorop? 19 Feb 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
First off, I really like Babylon Babies by Maurice Dantec; it's a complex tale of social engineering and evolution, both racial and individual. Toorop, the hero of the tale, is a philosophical warrior who has seen too many conflicts and not enough resolutions.

Toorop is also around fifty years of age, Vin Diesel isn't - the beginning of the films' divergence from the book! The film tries to boil down the complexities of the book into a more linear action film, but it doesn't work. I suppose Christophe Gans might have made a better director and added some French flair to the proceedings, but it's hard to see any film really doing justice to Dantec's story.

So, Babylon AD is a fun action film, but it leaves out all the questions Dantec poses, opting instead for louder gunfights, and replaces Toorop's anguished musings with Mr Diesel's sometimes incomprehensible drawl. Even Michelle Yeoh spends most of her screen time looking slightly bemused, whether because of the script or a feeling she was in the wrong film... The other players in the story fulfil the necessary roles, but there isn't anything new or shiny to raise this above the other sci-fi actioners that unfortunately take the place of decent science fiction films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I've alway liked Vin Diesel and this 'the-future-sucks' refugee tale "Babylon A.D." is better than most

But British fans should be aware that when buying the BLU RAY - the US edition on 20th Century Fox is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on UK machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' which most aren't.

Buy the UK version instead - it's cheap - a looker on the Format - and a half decent movie into the bargain...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars delivered quickly. Not in the same league as pitch ...
delivered quickly. Not in the same league as pitch black, Riddick, fast and furious etc.

Brief synopsis:Veteran-turned-mercenary Toorop takes the high-risk job of... Read more
Published 4 days ago by knightofprayer7
1.0 out of 5 stars dont bother
worst film ive ever seen .b movie standard..totally rubbish...dont waste your riddick instead ..i hated it with a passion
Published 1 month ago by the professor
4.0 out of 5 stars Vin's Best
I like this film more than all Vin's others. However, I seem to be at odds with the critics on this, as with several other of his films. Read more
Published 3 months ago by hunter
2.0 out of 5 stars You could have knocked....
In a near future, mercenary Toorop is hired to take a woman named Aurora from aConvent in to New York. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
4.0 out of 5 stars Cut version.
Be warned. This is not the version as seen on TV. Its cut to hell and the ending is naff
Published 7 months ago by Fireflash Dinks
1.0 out of 5 stars Low Budget hinders this below average film.
So they go the big name to front this film but once you've watched it you realise that Vin's pay packet must have used up 90% of the budget. Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. Ede
1.0 out of 5 stars A mess...
It's a mess of a film. The story is ridiculus. There is nothing really to cheer about. And the gang that practice parkour instead of guns is just stupid. Read more
Published 9 months ago by rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Babylon A.D. (2-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2008]
Seen this on the TV a short while ago and thought yep i will get this and i was not disappointed brill
Published 11 months ago by andypuddy
4.0 out of 5 stars From BD to DVD
This is one of the French school of dystopian near-futures that betrays its origin as a BD with lots of action and not quite enough explanation. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Charles Vasey
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie if you like action
I only gave it a 4 star as i found it a little hard to follow the storyline i had to watch it a few times to understand it but thats just me apart from that the action it really... Read more
Published 17 months ago by EmmaJBrowning
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