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Plot: In a near future, the mercenary Toorop is hired by the powerful criminal Gorsky to take a woman named Aurora from a Noelite Convent in Central Asia to New York. In return, he will receive a large amount of money and a clear passport. Toorop joins Aurora and her guardian Sister Rebeka as they cross… Runtime: 90 min Release Date: 29 Aug 2008
The Vin Diesel, Hit-man, Explosion Movie, we have all been waiting for! (by h-longbaugh)
Let me just say, that they did it again! Cinematic GOLD! I saw this movie a few days ago and it's been on my mind ever since. I am telling everyone about it! Vin Diesel dives deep into his soul to pull off his role as a hit man who is a real tough brute even though you can tell there's a little something that may hint at him not being such a bad guy after all. He just does what he's paid to do which is to cause explosions and kill people. And THEN EXPLOSIONS ENSUE! and he has to take this girl to bad guys but realizes he shouldn't and then has to protect her which makes for <more>
some really good character development. There's also some really revolutionary slow motion action scenes WITH EXPLOSIONS and ROCKETS! And man, the soundtrack is so awesome. The theme song which is in the trailer perfectly original and not from any other movie ever. THEN EXPLOSIONS!
Are The French finally becoming Global? (by Dr_Coulardeau)
Brilliant French film that is able to look at the world in the eyes and be proud of it. It creates a fable about a final apocalypse, a total mental manipulation, something like a mental genetically manipulated human organism, religion and particularly blind faith in front of a miracle, the belief that science and technology are absolutely invincible, the fear of a plague, the world divided in two, the good USA because they are protecting themselves against terrorism, though they are in fact the very heart of terrorism, the commanding heart please, maybe the real brain of it, and on the other <more>
side the rest of the world lost in corruption, pointless violence, war, death, alienation, suffering, misery, dying as a lesser evil than living, essentially centered on Paris, France, and the vast Russia and Kazakhstan. I just wonder why they spared China? It is all there and yet Kassovitz, a French man who should be like all French people at least agnostic if not atheistic, produces the most marvelous Christian fable you can imagine. The world is doomed but it can be regenerated and will be by a new Virgin Mary, called Aurora, a perfect name for a second beginning. She has been genetically manipulated in her brain enough to be a genius and to produce, by artificial insemination, the child that will save the world, bring peace and a new phase of development. But can this French Kassovitz do the same thing as the Australian Mel Gibson in his Apocalypto who restarted the world with a married couple and two sons, Adam, Eve, Abel and Cain? Of course not so the mother will die just after delivering. The child will be a pair for sure, but two twins born in the same batch, and the final dedication of the film makes them girls. So the female is the future of the male. That's the French touch. And that poor Toorop will be the genetically estranged father, though I should say caretaker of these two twins. That's a twist in the tale. I am sure the poor Jesus is twisting in his tomb, if he has one. But it is brilliant. I guess the absence of some Chinese mafia is the sign that their market is targeted. It should work, especially the good nun who is a Kung Fu fighter.Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne & University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines
ALRIGHT all of ya who know me well know I'm a HUGE Vin diesel fan. So here's a Lil review on the movie that I saw today and LOVED Boring, not intelligent. now i've heard tons of hate from people that have seen this film in theaters. Well today I actually got a chance to sit down and watch the unrated version which is out on DVD and blurry currently and was really astonished!but before i get into that let me tell u why people who saw it in theaters hated it: 1. tough to understand 2. too much fast action, no story 3. confusing endingon the extended cut EACH ONE of these issues <more>
is looked at... and FIXED. during the production of the movie, the director of the film and Fox studios had a fight over the idea of the story Which i cant reveal just yet as a resolution, fox bought the script off the directors hands and just changed it and released a ninety minute version of monkey juice in theaters. Weak. and people were feeling the pain.THen comes the DIRECTORS UNRATED RAW AND UNCUT version of the film which has about fifteen more minutes and a WHOLE bunch of edits in it. I never saw the ninety minute version, only the 115 minutes version, which blew my socks off.Lets talk about the film now... Vin starts off as a angry guy living alone in a broken down apartment in Siberia. He's a mercenary for hire and you could probably figure out the subplot here. But then he's assigned a task to protect two lovely women michelle ye-oh who can kick serious tail, and this other Russian hot-tie and boy its a ROLLER COASTER the rest of the way.BUTits a thinking movie. This is one of those movies that after watching it you have to THINK about it and it all makes sense. I could break it down piece by piece here... but that'd ruin the idea. The film is FORCING you to think to understand by the time u reach the end. IF You're still confused call me, or message me on this, Ill explain it to you. I do admit that the ending last five minutes of the film after a GRAND action sequence, probably the best I've seen so far in a while since batman begins to slip, and changes courses from intense edge of your seat to slow down and think. This movie is like the matrix, children of men, and all those science fiction classics rolled into one explosive masterpiece. IF you're looking for mindless action then you're better off not watching this movie. BUT if you're intelligent, and like solving puzzles and figuring it out, this movie is FOR YOU. I can TOTALLY understand it when I listen to a few dialogs in certain areas of the film twice, and it really makes sense to me if i tie the whole film together, not separating the ending from the rest of it which is a HUGE mistake people are making This is an INTELLIGENT film, and I'd give it an A- most definitely.
Even though the plot was original, you have to give it that. I thought it was entertaining. Vin was acting at his peak. He did the role of Toorop much justice in a Vin sort of way. There are many reviews that I have read over the web and frankly I'm surprised. Call me going against the grain but I was impressed. I think the problem is that people go into movies with preconceived ideas as to what is "supposed to happen" according to how their mind sees the trailers and previews. Just sit back and enjoy, don't look for flaws, don't expect something that isn't there.TV <more>
Guide did have this to say: 'For all its generic qualities, Babylon A.D. is well acted, briskly paced and consistently clear: Like Neil Marshall's Doomsday, it's bare-bones genre entertainment, no better or worse than it ought to be.' I rest my case.
I thought this was an excellent movie, be it in it's own genre action . The scenery is absolutely awesome, there's a lot of attention to detail in everything you see, all visual aspects of the movie are really taken care off. Furthermore, it has everything an action-movie of this kind should have: spectacular explosions, wild chases, tough one-liners and a beautiful girl, even if it's not a glossy magazine model. Vin Diesel plays the part he plays in every one of his movies, the tough but kind guy who's tortured by his past. But he plays this role very well, so its certainly <more>
enjoyable. There's also the funny element "A car will come and pick you up". A chopper drops a car on the ground, Diesel gets in and the chopper flies away with the car that's not over the top, but not underplayed either. As in every action movie, the story represents nothing, it's merely a thin reason for showing off muscles, toughness and visual effects. It's the 13 in a dozen cliché of tough guy gets hired to deliver a girl to bad guy etc. The only disappointing aspect of the movie was the ending, i thought the ending was really silly. They should 've come up with something funkier.All in all, i really enjoyed it. It's not my genre, but i do appreciate watching one like this every now and then.
Just saw Babylon A.D. It was a whole lot better than I feared; not quite as good as I hoped. The big thing that tickled me I'm a sucker for the mythic narrative, and I'm a sucker for doubling. I know Diesel knows his tarot, and there was tarot imagery undergirding that movie hard core. One of the Major Arcana cards is Key 7, The Chariot. One of the many meanings of The Chariot; it's the vehicle or the urge that drives or pulls or yanks us out of the garden, out of childhood, out of a previous state of being. It's closely related to Key 16, The Tower. It shows a tower being <more>
blown apart by lightening. Again, the end of one order, the radical rupture with the previous world; the beginning of a new. So what happens in this movie? Toorop is in his home, and he's ripped out of it rides off in a limo tank. Gets in a car that flies to a convent in Mongolia. An idyllic garden of a place. He becomes the charioteer at last at this point, driving the car. He takes two people from the garden into a world full of broken towers. They drive, they take the train, they take a sub, they walk, they fly, they run, they go into a world full of towers, some of which need a little blowing up. Toorop and Sister Rebecka and Aurora are all playing The Chariot, all ferrying their burdens from one world to another. Even Aurora's father is something of a Charioteer. Taking Toorop from death to life, from life to death, from death to life again. And something switches. The penultimate act, we see Toorop's childhood home. Destroyed as if it was blown apart by metaphoric lightening. The girl, the ultimate charioteer, is waiting there. Once they are reunited, it's back to the road. Ultimately, the girl delivers her burden and dies. Toorop rebuilds his home and raises the little girl. There's a storm coming; there are towers that may come down, but it's a sweet place to stop. I like Toorop. He's got style and he may be mercenary but he's got a line he won't cross. If it turns out the girl is a weapon, he'll kill her and burn her body to stop that from happening. That's a good line. I loved Sister Rebecka's character. There simply needs to be more nun- mercenary buddy movies where the nun kicks ass. There were some weaknesses. I don't quite buy Toorop's conversion. He takes a shower, sees the girl, they almost kiss, and all of a sudden he's gone from mercenary who's basic limit is being used to destroy a city to literally willing to die to save this girl he barely knows. It felt like a bunch of character development got deleted. I don't get why evil mom stopped trying to get her daughter back just because a couple of cars got run off the road. But I love the fact that, as in all Vin Diesel movies I really like, the women really call the shots. I love the fact he became the solar hero, going dark and light again and again, despite himself; I like the way that I see more in this the more I think about it. Two thumbs up. And I shall eagerly await the director's cut. Eagerly.
I enjoyed the movie. The locations were visually interesting. I liked the camera work. There was a lot of action, but everything happened so fast it was hard to follow the action scenes. Vin Diesel is interesting and entertaining to watch, and if you enjoy his movies, then you will like this one.I am going to have to read the book to understand what the plot really was about. The explanation of the plot seems to have been sacrificed for more action. I like reading sci-fi, so this gives me something to look up when I go to the bookstore. When I read the book, I will think of the movie and it <more>
will be fun.If you like exotic locations and nice camera work, fast action scenes and don't mind some foul language, its a fun movie.
Vin Diesel's star vehicle "Babylon A.D." was not screened for critics prior to release. This is usually the syndrome of cinematic demise. Surprisingly, "Babylon A.D." is a competent action movie with a compelling enough futuristic messiah story by Director Mathieu Kassovitz, Eric Besnard, and Joseph Simas. This is not a stretch for Vin Diesel, who is charismatic enough to carry the movie. However, the one thing that still escapes me is the title: "Babylon A.D". After having seen the movie, I remain without a clue. Perhaps, I have to wait for the extras in the <more>
DVD release, or not. Obviously, "Babylon A.D." slid under the promotional radar. Also despite decent production value, producers apparently filmed the movie in the Czech Republic, Sweden, and France to reduce costs. Although a fan of Vin, I really was curious about "Babylon A.D.", because of Michelle Yeoh. I am a big fan of Yeoh "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", "The Mummy 3" . Yeoh is beautiful and always plays strong, smart, and understated. She is a distinct strength as Sister Rebeka.Despite itself "Babylon A.D.", ultimately works as a hero tale with the presence of Vin Diesel. In an almost incongruously touching moment in the icy tundra Melanie Thierry's Aurora asks Diesel's Toorop, "You're risking your life for me. Why?" Toroop confides "I'm tired " He has done his share of atrocity in his life, and this may be his last grasp at redemption. He must choose whether he has "A choice to make a difference or to walk away and save yourself " Director Kassovitz's screenplay is based on the novel by Maurice G. Dantec. Given the briefness of "Babylon A.D." which has a 90 minute running time, one wonders what was jettisoned. I suspect the original story was not exactly tailored as an action movie—the narrative is nearly minimalist.Our hero Diesel plays soldier turned mercenary Toorop, who lives in the not too distant existential future. Toorop agrees to deliver a young girl from a remote convent in Mongolia to New York City. It is unclear what value or threat she poses. The High Priestess scary Charlotte Rampling of the religious Neolites is intent on possessing the girl for her own means. Toorop arrives at the convent to escort Aurora stunning beauty Thierry . Her protector Sister Rebeka Yeoh reminds Toorop that he must abide by 3 rules, including no foul language. Toorop tells Rebeka, "Don't f--- with me." The innocent Aurora asks "Are you a killer, Mr. Toorop?" He replies "Yes." Aurora is strangely aware of the future. Her keeper Rebeka reminds Toorop that she is "peaceful, not weak". Rebeka is a deadly martial artist. Also seeking to obtain Aurora is her mysterious father Joel Kirby . Aurora holds the key to the future of the world.What ensues is measured violence and betrayal all cloaked in this global conspiracy. Kassovitz orchestrates the brutal cage fighting club mayhem. And the cathartic automatic weapons showdown in New York is striking and dramatic. Diesel brings his action A-game. Michelle Yeoh is powerful and graceful in her martial arts display. Young Thierry is effective in revealing a deceptively powerful presence.In the end "Babylon A.D." gives us the deserved payoff. The movie works really on a visceral level, not necessarily entrenched in logic. There are some gaping narrative fissures. Then again—big deal. The movie is entertaining. Vin Diesel and Michelle Yeoh are strong. Take a chance on "Babylon A.D." Then tell me what the title means.
Considering the problems reported with this production I thought the film wasn't all that bad. Sure, some of the dialogue was hokey, but I'd like to see a director's cut. That way perhaps it might help support the director's claims, or it might suggest otherwise. The location's were great and some of the ideas were interesting. When will studio knobs learn stop meddling. Unless there are really serious and legitimate problems they should stay the hell out of the director's way. The IMDb says the budget for this film was $60 million. Interfering has helped ensure that <more>
it's unlikely to break even. Maybe on DVD it might. I'd watch a sequel, provided Vin is in it.