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

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  • Actors: Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Mark Strong
  • Directors: Mathieu Kassovitz
  • 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.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KMB6VE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,129 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Nov. 2010
Format: DVD
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 By Amazon Customer on 31 Oct. 2010
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
Babylon A.D. is directed by Mathieu Kassovitz who also co-adapts to the screen with Éric Besnard & Joseph Simas from the Maurice G. Dantec novel, Babylon Babies. It stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Mélanie Thierry, Gérard Depardieu and Charlotte Rampling. Music is by Atli Örvarsson and photography by Thierry Arbogast.

It's the future and mercenary Toorop (Diesel) agrees to do a high risk job of escorting an other worldly woman from Russia to America. Easier said than done since many others would like to obtain her as well.

It's now on record as being a film that suffered many problems during production, be it the weather, studio interference (film has more producers than there were people in it!) or crumbling sets, it was a tough old shoot and director Kassovitz has disowned the film. Available now in a longer unrated/directors cut, the film is still a mess of a movie, which is a shame because the story is a hot one and the look and feel is suitably dystopian.

On a basic level it achieves some expectations, Diesel is perfectly brooding and macho, we want him to punch, kick and shoot his way thru the movie, and he does. Yeoh, it would be a waste not to let her kick ass, and so she does, while a hankering for some futuristic gadgets and sci-fi babble (here in the guise of genetic manipulation) is well and truly catered for. But it's constructed badly as the film is choppy in pace and the scatter gun editing is simply awful. Quick fire camera work can work in action movies, but here it renders the action unwatchable, and is more likely to induce travel sickness than any sort of exhilaration. As for the dialogue, one is more likely to believe that it was written by a pre-teen than a full grown adult.

Diesel's bruising efforts and the Cyberpunk design aside, it's a film that's hard to recommend with any sort of confidence. 4/10
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