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Babylon A.D. [Blu-ray] (2008)

Charlotte Rampling , Lambert Wilson , Mathieu Kassovitz  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charlotte Rampling, Lambert Wilson, Gérard Depardieu, Mark Strong, Vin Diesel
  • Directors: Mathieu Kassovitz
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KMB6VE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,581 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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.

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91 of 103 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Much like The Spirit, a poorly-written, all-over-the-map misinterpretation of Will Eisner's character, complete with entertaining performances and stunning visuals, Babylon A.D. is a confusing, occasionally dry, very familiar mess with some strong performances and stunning visuals in service of a fairly engaging story. It is not, by any means, a great film. It is also not, by any means, a disaster. I noted that Babylon A.D. has one one-star rating on here, and I think the movie deserves better. I saw the film in theaters, and I was reasonably entertained up until the last five minutes. Not even The Spirit completely lived up to that standard.

When films like this come along, I wonder how many people tune out once they've seen a few things they don't like. I am a glass-half-full person. Hundreds of films come out every year, and 90% of them probably have merits that people simply ignore because it's easier to attack the things about them that aren't as sharp. Sure, it borrows from Blade Runner. Movies borrow from other movies. If this was automatically a strike against a film, Quentin Tarantino would have no fans. I personally think Vin Diesel is a fairly charismatic actor (see his recent effort Find Me Guilty for evidence of this), and yet it's like he's got a target on his head. I'm sure some people decided they didn't like this movie just on the basis that he's in it.

The "Unrated and Raw" presentation on DVD does not work miracles on the film. Numerous internet sources claim varying degrees of footage was altered or chopped out of the film, ranging from 15 minutes (since the theatrical cut ran 90m and this runs 103, that's about 15) all the way up to a towering 70m.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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I rarely go into Vin Diesel movies with high expectations. Let's face it, when you build a certain physique and persona you have to accept a little pigeon hole-ing as an actor. I read other reviews before watching this movie and removed it from my pre-order list and went for a rental. What a surprise to the upside. Some of the critique for this movie IS warranted and the ending, as you find it in the US edition, will leave questions. The most important attitude with which to see this movie is to enjoy the process and not look for simple gratification in the ending. As a movie set in the near future, this film tackles the challenge of envisioning new technology that is, if not realistic, still far from the utterly ridiculous. Many movies try to present those ideas and fail miserably. ***This is not just another dumbed down action spectacle***. One might be surprised to see it is actually a very ambitious, intelligent movie for this genre. Though any one part of the plot by itself may not be original, I found the sum total of it's parts refreshingly different. There are also spectacular visuals, very well orchestrated action scenes, thought provoking issues or conflicts and very wonderful performances by many actors, including Vin! Pay attention to the technologies and gadgets here and there. A little satire on religion and the questions of real faith and spirituality were also thought provoking and a little underhandedly funny. This is a really good movie that just couldn't do everything it wanted in the time allowed. Don't get me wrong, if I were rating the editing of this movie, it would be two stars. I have no doubt that it was butchered by idiots who had no faith in an original vision. I wish they would take the footage and re-edit the US version. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been much better. June 1, 2009
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I'm not really sure what happened here. Vin Diesel does mindless action, and does it well, and here is no exception - whatever flaws "Babylon A.D." has, they are not his fault. Nor are they the fault of Michelle Yeoh who carries herself (as always) superbly, leaving the viewer to wonder why, exactly, Yeoh keeps showing up in particularly flat action movies (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor leaps to mind) when she really is so much better than that and has proven it time and time again. Either there's still some kind of "White Actresses Only" rule barring Yeoh from the better movies, or she has a really terrible agent. Anyway.

Sometimes you can just tell when a movie is based off of a science fiction story you haven't been exposed to. "Babylon A.D." is definitely one of those movies - sure enough, the opening credits note a sci-fi story that may or may not be obscure, but which I definitely haven't read yet. A lot of the standard sci-fi fare is here: much of the world's animals have died out, and have been replaced by clones; America is a closed-borders super-power where a high standard of living is possible for the wealthy, but the rest of the world flounders in deep poverty and warfare; genetic modification of humans is the way to the future. Etc.

Into all this steps Vin Diesel, a conscientious mercenary given a second chance to re-enter America, if only he will deliver a sheltered teenager (and her adoptive mother, Yeoh) along the way. Vin Diesel is only too happy to comply, although he is understandably spooked by the sleepy-eyed girl he's been given charge of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Completed
Needed to complete my Van Diesel collection. Great price and good movie. Love Riddick. Waiting for
the last one to come up for a reasonable price.
Published 22 hours ago by JOANNE GALLIEN
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVEING
ENJOYED THE MOVIE ALOT, LOT OF ACTION...GREAT MOVIE... I GAVE IT 4 STARS AND MORE..KEEP THE MOVIES COMING. THANK YOU.
Published 20 days ago by Gary swales
3.0 out of 5 stars Video for Vin Diesel Fans
This is your typical, end of the world movie and Vin Diesel does well as a mercenary. The plot is hard to follow, but there is plenty if action adventure, so if you like Vin... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Jeff
4.0 out of 5 stars PRETTY GOOD ACTION, VAN DIESEL STYLE, OF COURSE....
GOOD TWO HOURS FLICK IF THAT, IF YOU'RE FAN OF VAN DIESEL YOU WILL LIKE THIS FILM. GOOD SUPPORTING CAST!. LOTS OF ACTION, OF COURSE.
Published 28 days ago by OBEONECANOBI
5.0 out of 5 stars Vin is the best!
He kicks butt again. Stunts are so awesome. You have to see this one if you are a Diesel fan!
Published 1 month ago by Ghostrider
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sci-Fi movie
I don't understand critics this is a great sci-fi movie it does the one and only thing a movie has to do and that is ENTERTAIN !!!
Published 1 month ago by Bill
4.0 out of 5 stars many people gave it 1 star just because of the religious...
For every movie there are always will be some who will find domething wrong with it.
I have read that the movie was cut 15 or even 70 minutes from the film for the theatrical... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Tony
4.0 out of 5 stars classic Vin Diesel
I love science fiction movies and this one did not let me down! Even though I must say, the whole Russian country and him understanding every word but answering back in English,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laura2012
5.0 out of 5 stars She will love it.
This is getting irritating. I write these reviews the day I receive my product and for some reason it doesn't post on Amazon many times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sherrill M. Meeks
4.0 out of 5 stars I used to be too much of a snob
To watch the kind of movie I thought Vin Diesel made, but my daughter opened my eyes at my visit at Christmas when she insisted we watch Riddick. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Walker
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