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Genre: Sci-Fi/Action
Starring: Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Gerard Depardieu, Charlotte Rampling, Melanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Mark Strong, Joel Kirby, Souleymane Dicko, David Belle
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Rating: NC-16 (Coarse Language and Some Violence)
Year Made: 2008



- Babylon Babies
- Arctic Escape
- Fit for the Screen
- Hummers in Flight
- Prequel to Babylon A.D.: Genesis of Aurora
- Deleted Scene: Hummer Sequence
- Still Gallery



Languages: English/Spanish/
Subtitles: English/Spanish/
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 33 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Alliance Entertainment
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In the darkly futuristic world of Babylon A.D., the rules are simple: kill or be killed. Hard-hitting action superstar Vin Diesel (The Fast & The Furious, The Chronicles of Riddick), stars as Toorop, a ruthless mercenary hired to smuggle a mysterious young woman from the post-apocalyptic confines of Eastern Europe to the glittering megalopolis of New York City. Hunted at every turn, Toorop spirits his charge across a nightmarish wasteland only to uncover a shocking secret that will bring the entire world to its knees. Eye-popping action and mind-blowing science fiction clash head-on in this hard-edged thriller, where the only rule is survival.


Even before the theatrical release, rumours have been rife on the net that director Mathieu Kassovitz can’t agree on a final cut of "Babylon A.D." with Fox (the studio behind it). Shortly after, the bomb was officially dropped, Kassovitz publicly detached himself from the 93 minutes cut of the theatrical release proclaiming it to be nothing but pure violence and stupidity.

Although feuds between the creative suits and studios are relatively common, "Babylon A.D." seems to take a step further by diluting the entire premise and plotting inserting mediocre action sequences as fillers. And yes even big names such as Vin Diesel and Michelle Yeoh can’t salvage the entire mess. This is definitely not anyone’s baby.

Adapted from a French novel "Babylon Babies", the movie opens promisingly enough. Diesel plays Toorop, a mercenary hired by a crime lord Gorsky (French actor Gerard Depardieu) to escort a young girl named Aurora (Melanie Thierry) to New York City so that he can have the dough to return home. Aurora is accompanied by a nun that has raised her, Sister Rebecca (Michelle Yeoh). In true science fiction style, Aurora is no ordinary girl, a girl that perhaps will change the destiny of mankind and hot on their heels is a religious group bent on destroying her.

As the characters make their way from an apocalyptic-looking Europe to snow-bound Alaska, the plot starts to give way to clumsily edited action and chase sequences even though Diesel still has what it takes to take control of the chaos, remember his XXX’s tough-man Riddick persona? But who is the mysterious Aurora? Why does she have control over a submarine? Is she genetically altered or otherwise? I guilty snicker at a particular scene whereby Aurora and Toorop looks seductively at one another in the eyes while washing up in a motel, given the already muddled plotting, I was afraid of a sudden sexual scene popping up to further intensify the connections between the characters.

Apparently no one is paying attention to all the above questions. Supposedly it was Kassovitz’s pet project but with the interference of Fox, "Babylon A.D." ends up trying to be too smart without making any justification or statements to the audience. This extended cut from the theatrical version (give or take, an additional 11 minutes) does little to enhance the plot structure other than cranking up the violence factor.

Vin Diesel obviously chooses a wrong vehicle to make a comeback to the action arena. But if you are looking for an A-list production with a cheesy B-grade storyline, then this one should take the cake.


To make up for the lack of story, we have more featurettes that we ever wanted in the extras department, just remember that there’s no one willing to appear on screen to take full responsibility of the final cut:

Babylon Babies – An 11 minutes interview with the writer of the novel, Maurice Georges Dantec. He didn’t give a rating to the movie version though.

Arctic Escape – Another 11 minutes feature that have stunt coordinator Bob Brown discussing the stunt work behind the Arctic sequence.

Fit for the Screen – More stunt work is discussed right here including interview with leading man Vin Diesel.

Hummers in Flight – This is the third one that talked about stunts. This time, the Hummer chase sequence.

Prequel to Babylon A.D.: Genesis of Aurora – A 5 minutes animated graphic novel that tells Aurora’s backstory. Fluffy.

Deleted Scene: Hummer Sequence – I wonder why this nicely staged action sequence was deleted though.

Still Gallery – Self-explanatory


The DVD is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1 widescreen. The colours are sharp and vivid although certain scenes are intended to be gritty. I particularly adorned the snowy arctic chase sequence which looked perfect even on the small screen. Dialogue is detailed and sound mix is strong with the Dolby Digital 5.1, the big explosion at the Russian train station is a good example of it.



Review by Linus Tee


. Babylon A.D. (Movie Review)

Other titles from Alliance Entertainment:

. Journey to the Center of the Earth

. Desert Saints

. The Dark Knight

. Horton

. Right At Your Door

. Deception

. Doomsday

. Never Back Down

. Virgin Territory

. Shutter

. Little Fish

. Shanghai Kiss

This review is made possible with the kind support from
Alliance Entertainment


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