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Life is Simple

on 12/23/2012

You can't go into this with high expectations. It's a Vin Diesel, cyberpunk action flick. It's got action, a decent plot, straightforward characters, and a bit of substance, especially at the end. You want art, angst, or profound nihilism, look elsewhere. Loosen up, rent it, sit back and enjoy your popcorn. It's worth the price of admission. Read More

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Product Overview

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.

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 210227651
UPC 024543564898
UPC 14 00024543564898
Format DVD
Rating UR
Keywords
Action
Based On A Novel
Futuristic
Mercenaries
New York City
On-The-Road
Post-Apocalypse
Science-Fiction
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note In sci-fi thriller BABYLON A.D., Vin Diesel's Toorop is an antihero who quotes the best of cinema's bad boys from films such as THE GODFATHER and SCARFACE. But all the tattooed muscleman really wants to do is leave poverty- and violence-ridden Russia and return to his family's home in upstate New York. However, he has been banned from his native America, so when a Russian mobster (a prosthetic-enhanced Gérard Depardieu) offers him a job and a forged passport that will take him back home, he agrees, even though the mission seems close to suicide. He takes a strangely gifted orphan named Aurora (Melanie Thierry) from a Mongolian convent to Harlem, his only help being a nun--though it is a nun played by action star Michelle Yeoh. Thugs attack them on every leg of their journey, following them as they take car, train, sub, and snowmobile to ensure Aurora's safety.^BABYLON A.D works best when it's revealing facets of its futuristic world, from the refugee-camp look of Russia to the high-tech gloss of a 22-million-people-strong New York City. Production designers Sonja Klaus and Paul Cross, as well as director Mathieu Kassovitz (GOTHIKA), deserve praise for creating settings that evoke memories of dystopian films from BLADE RUNNER to CHILDREN OF MEN. Kassovitz, who is most familiar to audiences as the object of affection in AMELIE, also adapted the script from the Maurice G. Dantec novel BABYLON BABIES with Eric Besnard. The book weighed in at over 500 pages, so there are times when it feels like something is missing in BABYLON A.D. with its brief 90-minute run time. In small roles, Depardieu and French favorite Charlotte Rampling (who plays a mysterious religious leader) provide substance and gravitas.
Directors
Mathieu Kassovitz
Actors
Vin Diesel
Michelle Khan
Cast & Crew
Melanie Thierry - Star
Charlotte Rampling - Star
Vin Diesel - Star
Gérard Depardieu - Star
Michelle Khan - Star
Mark Strong - Star
Jerome Le Banner - Star
Lambert Wilson - Star
Thierry Arbogast - Director of Photography
The RZA - Music
Shavo Odadjian - Music
Ilan Goldman - Producer
Avram Butch Kaplan - Executive Producer
Atli Orvarsson - Composer
Maurice G. Dantec - Source Writer
Benjamin Weill - Editor
Mathieu Kassovitz - Screenwriter
Eric Besnard - Screenwriter
Sonja Klaus - Production Designer
Paul Cross - Production Designer
David Valdes - Executive Producer
Mathieu Kassovitz - Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 2256489
UPC 00024543564898
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 101 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review In the movie critic handbook (yep, we all get one), there are certain assured signs that a movie is going to tank and tank hard. Sometimes, all it takes is a name over a marquee (Rob Schneider!). In other instances, the format (Epic Movie, Scary Movie, etc.) foreshadows the flop sweat. Perhaps the surest indication of some certified crap comes from the studio itself. When they fail to screen a film before it opens, even cancelling pre-planned previews to avoid that deadliest of P.R. pariahs (bad word of mouth), you know you're in trouble. After the 90 soulless minutes that make up Mathieu Kassovitz's Babylon A.D., you'll never doubt that tome again...It's never entertaining, not even in an oversized ridiculousness or cheesy schlock sort of way. Instead, it just starts and then sinks like a stone...Visually, Babylon A.D. borrows from the post-post-modern end of the world look. That means that skyscrapers are dressed up in silly CGI neon, while the Czech Republic is made to look even blander and more bombed out. There is no rhyme or reason to this version of the world, Kassovitz complaining that suit-mandated cuts cleared out all his carefully planned context. After viewing this truncated take however, there aren't enough cutting room scraps to reconfigure the resulting apocalypse. All excuses aside, this is one time when audiences will wish the world ended sooner. A lot sooner.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Bill Gibron
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Babylon A.D. has the look and feel of a skeleton: an unfinished outline that whooshes by so fast that it becomes incomprehensible as its storyline and characters are lost in a flurry of fast cuts and poorly choreographed action sequences. The film is frustrating because there are instances of genuine visual flair (such as the futuristic New York) and times when one senses there might be ideas worth exploring (the roles of corporate sponsorship and religion in the new order). Alas, this is a case of a potentially epic tale being pruned and diced to the point where its underlying ideas are reduced to trite cliches. The lackluster acting and horrendous dialogue don't help. And it says a lot about Babylon A.D. that director/co-writer Mathieu Kassovitz has made some damning statements about the theatrical version of the production that indicate he is unwilling to endorse the final cut...Kassovitz is a competent director who has made some workmanlike films (although his previous effort and English-language debut, Gothika, left a little to be desired), so his condemnation of the movie carries some weight. Whether things would have been better had the studio not gotten out the shears and trimmed some 15 minutes is impossible to tell, although it's doubtful that restoring the lost footage would have transformed Diesel's lackluster performance or made the central conceit less ludicrous. Maybe Kassovitz's vision will be restored on DVD. Until then, all we have to judge is the theatrical cut, and it's not worth the celluloid it's printed on.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 5
Features
DVD, Special Edition, Unrated, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Diesel,Vin
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile ...[a] highly effective, highly charged action movie...
Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide ...well acted, briskly paced and consistently clear...
Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy ...one of the most thoughtfully designed post-apocalypse futures put on film in years.
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