Babylon AD

  • 12
  • Mathieu Kassovitz (2008)
  • US / Fr
  • 86 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Despite all its noise and bluster, this big-budget blockbuster is actually a rather slight dystopian sci-fi thriller. And with a running time of around 90 minutes, it's disarmingly brief compared to similarly themed epics like Blade Runner or The Fifth Element, which it is blatantly trying to emulate. Vin Diesel plays Toorop, a bounty hunter with a heart who accepts "one last job". He must escort a young psychic (Mélanie Thierry) and her kung fu nun chaperone (Michelle Yeoh) from a post-nuclear meltdown Russia to the relatively safe haven of a gentrified New York. This flimsy, no-questions-asked pretext basically accommodates a series of high-kicking, bone-crunching set pieces as opposing outside forces intervene, including a megalomaniacal religious cult run by Charlotte Rampling. There are explosive car chases - including one across the frozen wastes of Alaska on snowmobiles - and some fashionable parkour, but despite moments of flimsy philosophical meditation (not the statuesque Diesel's strong suit), Babylon AD only really works as mindless entertainment.

Plot Summary

Science-fiction adventure starring Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh and Mélanie Thierry. In a post-apocalypse future, bounty hunter Toorop is persuaded to escort two women halfway across the world. But the younger of his charges has a secret that means their journey will be a highly perilous one.

Cast and crew

Cast

Toorop
Vin Diesel
Sister Rebeka
Michelle Yeoh
Aurora
Mélanie Thierry
Darquandier
Lambert Wilson
Finn
Mark Strong
Gorsky
Gérard Depardieu
High priestess
Charlotte Rampling

Crew

Director
Mathieu Kassovitz

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Guidance: 
Violence and swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 29 Aug 2008
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.
Categories
Drama

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