REVIEW: Babylon A.D.

Vin Diesel
Michelle Yeoh
Mélanie Thierry

Vin Diesel is back, it’s just a shame his latest picture doesn’t make much sense.

In this sci-fi flick, Diesel plays Toorop, a battle-hardened mercenary who is hired to protect a young woman who’s traveling across the world from Russia to the United States.

What makes this incredibly difficult for the heroes, though, is that the world is in a poor state. The planet appears to be mostly slums because of overpopulation and constant wars.

The premise of “Babylon” could have worked just fine had it been more streamlined. Diesel playing an experienced warrior helping somebody get from point A to point B safely in a not-quite post apocalyptic world could be an exciting sci-fi action picture.

However, the issue is that the movie both takes itself way too seriously and also provides a convoluted plot. Story points about a cult and a messiah along with poorly explained powers and a sloppy ending make for a movie that’s extremely hard to follow without any sort of heart.

Another issue is how it handles Diesel’s character. In other films, such as “The Fast and the Furious” and “xXx,” Diesel doesn’t provide great performances, per se, but he does have a great bit of charm and those films played with that by having his characters have some wit and cleverness along with his toughness.

In “Babylon,” Diesel’s character is terribly bland and overly serious. The writing for his character feels so constrictive and Diesel is unable to deliver some charisma. Another problem was the woman he protects, played by Mélanie Thierry, seems under developed and the two performers have little chemistry.

Also rather dull here was the action. Despite being a sci-fi, the film doesn’t offer anything really innovative, settling instead for fairly typical combat sequences. The nicest part of the picture is that it includes some well designed city settings.

Sadly, “Babylon A.D.” is a largely forgettable picture. The characters are poor, the acting is bland, the action is lame and the story lacks sense. 1 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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