Babylon A.d. [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
The best "uncut" version of this film is the two disc special edition ("EXTENDED CUT"). The editing is much better on the "extended cut" (more recent version). Babylon A.D. (Two-Disc Special Edition) The theater release for American audiences (the single disc version) was poorly cut . It eliminates much of the character development of the actors. It also omits much of the dialogue necessary to understand the film. However, the two disc special version is: (a) widescreen HD; (b) mixed much better so that you can hear the actors talking over the soundtrack (without subtitles); and (c) contains dialogue which explains the plot of the movie. The two-disc special version also includes a digital copy so that you can install it on your PC or Mac and view it on an iPod, iPhone, etc.
This film is based on the book Babylon Babies. The story in the book is about Melanie Thierry's character being a surrogate mother for two babies who represent the next step in human evolution. It is very difficult to understand the ending to Babylon AD without knowing that the babies she carries are special ("homo sapiens sapiens") genetically engineered children. Thierry's character, herself, is gifted, but, in the dark future, people think she is carrying a virus instead of recognizing her gifts and powers as a positive development for humanity.
In the opening narration Vin Diesel explains the film:
"Life is simple. Kill or be killed. . . . Don't get involved. . . . Always finish the job. [Mercenaries' Code] . .Read more ›
***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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A convoluted mess of a story that is well-acted and brilliantly shot (I saw the Director's / Extended Cut). It tries hard to be profound but never really earns it. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Abedsbrother
I love the opening song... "Dueces is Wild is a triple threat" by Achozen
Vin Diesel plays his typical bad ass role, and some kick-ass action scenes. Read more
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