Movie Review: Babylon A.D.

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Brief Description

High octane, sci-fi action thriller set in a not-too-distant, dystopian future. Vin Diesel stars as Toorop, a mercenary who accepts the risky mission of escorting a young woman named Aurora (Melanie Thierry) from Central Asia to New York. Under the impression that this is a job like any other, Toorop is shocked to discover that his charge is pregnant. Not only that – the twins Aurora is carrying have the potential to become the next Messiahs, and Toorop’s bosses are not the only ones showing an interest…

My Overview

I’m honestly not sure what to think of this film overall, I enjoyed the experience however I feel the overall message was a tad… squiffy. Then again I’ve never really been good with obscure Sci-fi films, like The Fifth Element… never understood that film.

I actually quite enjoy Vin Diesal, not exactly Fast and Furious because I’m not that in to cars but stuff like the Riddick quadrilogy I would consider a favourite of mine. He has one of those voices that when he’s in narrator mode really adds to the atmosphere of a darkened scenario, like Morgan Freeman’s narration voice makes you feel educated for some reason.

Babylon A.D. is set in a future dystopian world where Russia is violent and gun crazed with everyone living in terrible conditions, you get to America and it appears to be paradise with a police ruled state vibe going on. Unlike a lot of sci-fi films the futuristic technology is kept to a minimum; a touch screen paper map, your passport is kept in your neck for some reason, and human augmentation. The starter pack to futuristic movies but no flying cars or robots just yet.

The basic plot is a girl called Aurora has to be transported from a Russian convent to New York and the only person whose possible is seeing her through this harsh journey is Toorop, the hard on the outside and gooey-ooey on the inside merc. Like in all films he enforces his dominance at the beginning. No Talking, you’re just a paycheck to me… bla bla bla and slowly has his guard disarmed.

Just like in The Transporter, it is never as simple as walking a normal human being from point A to point B and as time unfolds you find out that Aurora is a highly valuable commodity to a extremist religion group… which I think can just be considered a cult. Unlike in 2 fast 2 furious he can’t depend on a neon under lit car to get to where he needs to be so quickly and is forced to test his mercenary skills with some XxX action; Drones, hit-men, a cage fighter and a submarine.

I’m not going to lie to you, I don’t find characters like Aurora very appealing, in fact I find them quite irritating. I can’t imagine people would be so vocally idealist in a post apocalyptic world where people do seem to kill each other by the hour, while being fed extremely cheesy lines to further add to their goody-two-shoes nature. Later on in the story you find out that Aurora was developed to further the dominance of a religious group over the world and although the idea itself is a good concept for a story, I don’t think it was developed all that well and just felt like a rather weak pointy finger of someone hating on religion for the sake of it.

If you are in to action and a lighthearted watch I think this film is watchable however I feel that there was a lack of story for me to really rate this film high enough in my books to want to watch it a second time. I was rather underwhelmed by the ending and felt the development of love between the two main protagonists was forced for the sake of having a love interest.

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