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.
© 2008 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.
- buy from $9.99
- rent from $2.99
Violent actioner is dull, dreary, and defective.
what parents need to know
what families can talk about
Tomatometer®reviews counted: 4see all Babylon AD reviews
Top Critic Reviews
Rotten: With bland protagonists and power figures unpleasant enough for us to want them out of our sight more than we want them defeated, it doesn't do much to hold our interest.
- Brian Webster, Apollo Guide, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Rotten: There are moments here that are spectacular, and there are many more that are spectacular failures.
- David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Rotten: As if the gruff dialogue isnt bad enough, the action scenes are merely adequate.
- Gary Brown, Houston Community Newspapers, Thursday, June 24, 2010
- DouglasWCollins, Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Echoes of 'Johnny Mnemonic' went through my brain as I watched this, not that its as bad as that but its abit to close for comfort. I still dont really know what happened haha the plot is very very well hidden and the film is really mixed up. The film doesnt know what it wants to be, there's the action of a sci-fi blockbuster in there and the usual standard martial arts affair but you can see the serious epic style wanting to come through too, shame they got Diesel in it. The rest of the cast is weak really, Thierry is actually really annoying as the virgin child, I wanted her to get killed, and the rest dont really do anything. Some nice touches like a 'Blade Runner' style NY city and quite decent if unsure why needed snow chase but thats about it, the cgi on offer was pretty poor too.
- phubbs1, Thursday, February 9, 2012
A mercenary in a distopian near future is employed to deliver a mysterious young woman to New York. Babylon AD plays out as a kind of Children Of Men meets Mad Max clone as Diesel does his usual laconic tough guy routine in the company of the impossibly cute Melanie Thierry and the ever watchably graceful Michelle Yeoh. In fact the slick visuals and entertaining action underpinned by an intriguingly enigmatic premise meant I was struggling to see why this film recieved such a savage pasting by the critics. And then it just...ends. No, ends is not the right word. It stops. No explanantions, no revelations. It just stops. Dead. In such a way that flew through the "Is that it?!" barrier, sailed over "WTF???" territory and lands firmly in "You've got to be f***ing kidding me." land. The fact that anyone involved in this project thought they could get away with releasing what amounts to nothing more than a sci-fi action clip show shows such an astonishing lack of respect for the intelligence of the viewing public it borders on contempt. Pure smoke and mirrors with absolutely NOTHING to back it up.
- garyX, Tuesday, November 10, 2009