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Babylon AD

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy


Hard-hitting action superstar Vin Diesel 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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    6%
  • Audience Score
    26%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Consumerism
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5

Violent actioner is dull, dreary, and defective.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sci-fi action movie takes place in a bleak, ruined dystopian future. It's quite violent, with explosions, shootings, strangling, and more. There's also extensive discussion of nuclear attacks, genetic engineering, and refugee movements, as well as religious themes and imagery. Several characters are kept alive by high-tech machinery, and some scenes of surgery and medical processes are quite intense. Also expect swearing ("s--t," one use of "f--k"), product placement, and some drinking and smoking.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the appeal of dark visions of the future. Are dystopian movies a way for us to process our anxieties about the present? In the movie's vision of the future, corporations have more control than governments; does the film's extensive use of corporate logos on screen warn against excess corporate power or represent it? Families can also discuss the challenges and concerns surrounding genetic engineering -- what ethical and moral complications does it pose for people now and in the future?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    6%
    reviews counted: 19
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  • Audience

    26%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The only explicable thing about Babylon A.D. is that it was not screened in advance for critics.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Rotten: Babylon's plot is a lumpy mixture of The Fifth Element and Children of Men, while its dystopian future references Blade Runner, Dune, and The Matrix.

- Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly, Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Rotten: I unfortunately had a seat that faced the screen and I have two hours of my life that I will never get back.

- Ben Lyons, At the Movies, Friday, November 7, 2008

Audience Reviews

2 stars

http://www.pluggedinonline.com/movies/movies/a0004209.cfm

- DouglasWCollins, Tuesday, January 18, 2011