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  • Great Concept, poor delivery
    I can't say this film is an Oscar winner, but it is not as bad as many reviewers indicate. The problem with the movie is that it has a poor delivery; i personally think it lacked a bit more action. The concept and the idea of future world are great, but you need more detail, more story line, and that is where it fails. Perhaps if maybe another director would have taken a shot at it, it could have been broader, better. We have to understand that are tons of great concept movies with a bad delivery, this is one of them. The movie is not total garbage, it's worth the rent, go check it out....more info
  • Why does everyone hate Vindesil
    This was actually a pretty entertaining movie. You can't automatically hate it just because of who stars in it. If you like action and scifi, I would recommend this movie....more info
  • It's O.K.
    This is not the best movie Vin Diesel has been in and Vin's the only reason I got it. The action takes a long time to warm up and the storyline is basically the same as "Cyborg". It's good for one or two viewings, but that's about all....more info
  • Intriguing stunner...... bad editing
    I rarely go into Vin Deisel movies with high expectations given his limited range. Lets face it, when you build a certain physique and persona you have to accept the pigeonholing as an actor. I read other reviews and removed this from my pre-order list and made it a rental instead. What a surprize to the upside. Some of the critique for this movie is warrented and the ending as you find it now will leave questions. The most important attitude to see this movie with is to enjoy the process and not look for simple gratification in the ending. As a near futuristic movie, this film tackles the challenge of envisioning a near future with new technology that is, if not realistic, still far from the utterly rediculous that many movies try to present. THIS IS NOT JUST A DUMBED DOWN ACTION SPECTACLE. One might be surprized to see Vin in what is actually a very ambitious, intelligent movie for this genre in my opinion. Though any one part of the plot by itself may not be original, I found the sum total to be refreshingly different. There are also spectacular visuals, very well orchestrated action scenes, thought provoking issues and conflicts and very wonderful performances by many actors. Pay attention to the technologies and gadgets here and there, a little satyre on religion and the questions of real faith and spirituality. 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 construction or 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. If what I have read in other reviews is correct, this movie could really be a marvel if there is an extended version that doesn't screw it up. I wouldn't normally find myself looking forward to a three hour Vin Deisel movie but I would really like to see what they can do with this one. ...more info
  • What happened to the quality Sci-Fi movies?
    Maybe it was the fact that the movie did not meet my expectations, or maybe it was the fact that I wanted to see more in a Vin Diesel Sci-fi movie (like Chronicles of Riddick, Pitch Black), or in a action/adventure thriller (like XXX). Whatever the reason, I was very disappointed in Babylon A.D. You had everything that should have made this a fantastic movie...decent actors, a plot with potential and great special effects, but you didn't have a plot that was well executed and nothing really original. There were several bites off of other sci-fi movies, with no real twists or variations. And at the end of the movie, I just felt a little cheated.

    Toorop (Vin Diesel) has been asked to deliver Arora and her guardian/protector, Neolite (Yeoh) from a convent to the US. Apparently the younger woman has something that everyone wants and what it is you have to sit thru several brilliantly choreographed fight scenes, sizzling special effects to find out. However, although you will find yourself mildly amused and entertained, you will also find yourself looking at the person next to you and saying, "did I miss something?" or "did I fall asleep"? Perhaps better plot execution would have made this movie more appealing to the average Sci-Fi lover.
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  • Babylon A.D.
    Although my wife and I usually love most of Vin Diesel's work, especially the SciFi, this was a disappointment to both of us. The story is to familiar, the acting decent, and the effects good, but this just didn't stick out in a crowd of Apocalyptic movies. This seemed very much like "Children of Men" in story. A top mercenary is hired to excort a young pregnant female to safety. Take away the cloning and there is very little difference. I suggest this one as a rental. Decent quality DVD with very little replayability. If you enjoyed this catch "Resident Evil: Extinction".

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  • "Babbling And Drear" would be a better title
    Combine a wooden, uninspiring performance by Vin Diesel, which happens to be the best performance in the film, with a confusing surrealistic plot that takes apostate bits and parts of Christianity and twists them together for its "religious" theme and you end up with ... nothing. It relies on special effects and glitz to try to put some life into the film, but fails at that miserably. My copy is going in the circular file....more info
  • disappointing
    I love Michel Yeoh. I love Vin Diesel. This was badly written. I have no empathy for the characters. There was nothing for me to look forward to but the end....more info
  • Not the movie shown at theaters.
    I was very disappointed in this DVD. I liked the movie and had no problem with plot lines as others seem to have had. This DVD is not the version shown in the theaters. The HumV chase was cut out and put on the "special features" part of the disc. This was a pivital point about the end of the Ramplings "church". Also I remember at the end of the movie Vin Diesel was playing with the M¨¦lanie Thierry's small girls at his rebuilt home in the woods, a more hopeful note to the ending than is on the DVD. I wish that they had included both versions and let viewers decide for themselves. Vin Diesel gave a better performance in this movie that he did in Man Apart and I thought he was very good in that. ...more info
  • Just Plain Bad
    I love Vin and I hate to trash this movie... but it stinks! It has no plot worth spending the time watching. Give this one a pass....more info
  • Movie with no plot, direction, nor conclusion
    I should have known not to waste 4 bucks on a rental for a movie that it's own director smashes. I was still willing to give it a shot because I've always enjoyed Vin Diesel's movies, since strays, all the way to Chronicles of Riddick. But this film is so underpar that at the end you feel like you've been cheated on. I wont give away any spoilers, but if you are in the mood to watch a movie without a clearly driven purpose, then this is up your alley. Not only is the movie poorly directed, but I also think this is the worst presence I've ever seen from Diesel.

    Not even the lack luster action scenes can make up for a movie with no plot, poor dialogue, and over-the-top circumstances. The flim never picks up from dragging, many of the other actors are vague and have no substance, and worst of all the younger lady playing co-star is painfully annoying.

    If you are into Diesel as I am, take my advise and don't watch this movie and save your cash for his up coming fast and furious. I know he has always been into fantasy sci-fi movies, but I think Diesel shines the most in films that can relate closer to reality. ...more info
  • Good beginning - lousy end
    The movie had a lot of action and suspense thoughout until you got to the very end. A real waste of time and money. The writer and director should be ashamed. If you really want to watch this DVD - let the end remain a mystery - turn it off....more info
  • Hmmmm
    Vin Diesel plays a tough guy who is hired to smuggle a special girl out of mongolia, through Russia and Canada, to the United States in a near future almost postapocalyptic world.

    The movie is pretty much one extremely long action sequence punctuated by Vin Diesel making gutteral grunting noises as he intimidates bad guys.

    Pros
    -Vin Diesel
    -The special effects were good

    Cons
    -The story really doesn't hold together well
    -The near future is rendered just ok (tries to be bladerunnersish but falls well short)
    -The story has no conclusion
    -There is little rationale for why the characters do what they do

    Overall, this movie presents a paper thin plot for Vin Diesel to Kick Butt.

    The movie is replete with cool special effects, Vin fighting in a cage, Vin playing with CNNs interractive screen in his trunk, cool special effects, blowing things up, blowing things up, gutteral grunting from Vin, more gutteral grunting from Vin. No Plot.

    If this sounds like your idea of a great enteratining movie, go out and rent it or buy it. If this reads like the movie is a complete mess, steer well clear.
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    I will say this, if this movie didn't have Vin Diesel and the neat special effects - it could very well wind up being one of those horrible plotless Sci Fi Channel movies that tries to be a B movie but is really an F. It gets the stars it gets because of Vin and the special effects.

    If you want to see how a movie like this is done correctly, try watching The Fifth Element (Ultimate Edition) where you get Bruce Willis trying to recover some precious rocks with Mila Jovovovich (SP?) across borders, on starships -- but in contrast to Babylon AD, in the Fifth Element, you get great character development, a bit of comedy, lots of action, and very memorable characters. In short, there is a right way and a not so right way to do a movie like this. Babylon AD is an example of how not to do it while The Fifth Element is an example of how to get it done right.



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  • Even the director hates this movie
    When I first started watching I was happy. Then about 30 mins later I started lauaghing at the corneyist snowmoblie chase and then a touching" I love you man, can I have your bud light?" moment ever. Then I cried because my brain tried to kill me for sitting thru the etire move. WTF! Even the DIRECTOR said this movie was direct quote " Stupid and violent". I've seen better straight to video THAI movies where I couldn't even understand the language and had the budget of an american teens weekly allowance. I gave this a one star because amazon doesn't have a picture of a middle finger poking the eye out of a puppy....more info
  • Uncut still not good
    I thought the theatrical version was a mess, but I decided to give the director's uncut version a chance. It is a little better, but the movie just suffers from being so mediocre. Vin is an action hero who can act fairly well. For the most part he seemed rather stiff in the part, and the story and ending just seemed lame. This is certainly no modern day Blade Runner. I gave this one two chances and that is it. ...more info
  • Grim, Grey, Meh
    This film keeps wanting to be Riddick, or Pitch Black, or Thunderdome, and even has themes out of Resident Evil and the Fifth Element --it borrows bits from a lot of cool sci-fi movies of the last twenty years, but it doesn't quite click. There are some interesting action scenes, like flying missile drones chasing snowmobiles, but it seems to swing from expensive FX scenes, to grim, urban, post apocalypse scenes, which would be fine, except there are no zombies. If you're going to have monochrome gray post-apocalypse scenes you need zombies, unless you're doing a Eastern European love story, in which case, you need zombies shagging. The whole thing could have been shot in black and white and you'd have never noticed the difference.

    The upside is that you do get to see Vin Diesel growl at people and blow stuff up, which I think we've all missed.

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  • cool movie except the final chapter
    a cool movie ,but the final chapter is deceptive.
    good picture quality and sound.
    a movie to go along with some popcorn.
    not a must hava,but a good movie in general....more info
  • Fast action, visually engaging!
    I just watched this last weekend. I found it highly entertaining. Never a dull moment and I thought the story plot was good, it had quite a bit of mystery and left wide open for a great sequel I hope to see. I watch a lot of sci-fi and this is really good. I would even venture as far to say that like Star Gate the movie this could spawn a great television series. Last 10yrs with a spinoff of 5yrs, probably not but I would love to see a spin off of this....more info
  • Vin Diesle Just Needs A Hug!
    Babylon Ad is an about average end of the world sci-fi hero fights against incredible odds to emerge victorious. Is it silly? Quite a bit; is it Fun? Quite a bit; is it exciting? Quite a bit; is it visual? Quite a bit. Is it moving? Not a bit. Is it a complete waste of time? Not quite.

    If you want a fun violent action film, and want to turn your brain off, then Babylon AD may be just what you're looking for. It's no Blade Runner - The Final Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition)but then what is?

    2 ? *
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  • Disc Is Mastered Badly
    I don't have a problem about the movie, it self; it is a Vin Diesel flick. True, there could have been more footage; that would give the story more depth. But the movie was okay.

    My problem is with how the bit rate was chump-changed. The bit rate generally stayed at 4 and below. I haven't seen a DVD mastered this badly in over 12 years.

    Everyone decided that the movie was bad, so they even gave us a crappy video experience. Corporate America sucks! So, my question is: did they screw-up the BluRay version, too?...more info