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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: 4
    see all Babylon AD reviews
  • Audience

    26%

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

Audience Reviews

2 stars

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

- DouglasWCollins, Tuesday, January 18, 2011

2 stars

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

1 star

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