Babylon A.D. Blu-ray Review


Date
2/2/2009
In Short
It just babbles on until it just gives up...
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A more appropriate title for Babylon A.D. would be Babble On A.D..  It's a collection of disconnected visions of the future that are simply thrown together without any attempt to explore their consequences or even reason for being there, wrapped around a barest of barebones plot that has Vin Diesel (a mercenary with the odd name Toorop) escorting a kung fu nun (Michelle Yeoh) and a mysterious woman named Aurora (Melanie Thierry) from Russia to New York.  Why is Russia a post-apocalyptic mess of a country apparently run by militias and the mafia?  Why is New York still a thriving metropolis that looks like what you'd probably expect New York to look like in thirty years or so?  And just what's supposed to be the story with the high-powered corporate religion and its CEO of a high priestess that pops up in the second half of the movie?  Nothing makes sense, nothing even remotely fits together.  And then there's Aurora.  One minute she's an animal empath, the next a psychic, the next a super genius, and the next a messianic simpleton.  What's her story?  I watched the movie and I still don't know the answers to any of these questions.  In fact, there probably isn't anyone out there with an answer including the filmmakers.  The movie just comes to an abrupt end, leaving a thousand dangling unresolved plot points in its wake. 

This movie is just plain odd, and it goes beyond the lack of a comprehensible story.  There are some interestingly scenes and locations, but then the action sequences are terribly choreographed and filmed.  Some of the future tech on display is creative and interesting, but then some character will pop up and babble something about implanting A.I. in human fetuses.  I'm used to extensive product placement in movies, but the high priestess cutting through the skies in a Coke Zero jet?  What the heck?!?

Don't expect to gain any understanding into just what the heck was supposed to be going on by watching the special features included on the disk, although there is one feature that will help you to understand why the story is such a mess.  There's an interview with the author of the book on which the movie is based, and he carries on in a long rambling monologue that goes all over the place without much of a point to it.  Just like Babylon A.D..

As for the Blu-ray version of the film, the picture looks fantastic and as I noted there are some visually interesting settings in the film.  The sound is surprisingly good as well except for the sound levels between conversation and action scenes.  You'll have to turn up the sound to hear people talking and then quickly turn the volume down when an explosion leaves your ears ringing.  In between presses of the volume button things sound really good, though.  Too bad there's nothing worth listening to...

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Transmitted: 4/24/2014 5:59:20 AM