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Babylon AD - I vcould have been somebody I could have been a good film...
Topic by: MHeise
Posted: September 2, 2008 - 12:12 PM PDT
Last Reply: September 3, 2008 - 10:28 AM PDT

author topic: Babylon AD - I vcould have been somebody I could have been a good film...
MHeise
post #1  on September 2, 2008 - 12:12 PM PDT  
This weekend I watched Babylon AD, with Vin whateverhisname is.. and I have to say I started out good. reminded me of his work in the first Riddick movie. but when the jet skis started to come on that was it...I'm telling you good start bad end. like eating some really good Mexican food but then you get the runs.

If you saw it let me know what you thought...
underdog
post #2  on September 2, 2008 - 1:10 PM PDT  
Haven't seen it yet but I read this weekend that the film's director, who is more well-known here as an actor, has surprised everyone by publicly criticizing his own film! Sounds like he butted heads with the producers over the final vision.

From the IMDB's studio briefing:
Several critics acknowledge that what they write about Babylon A.D. is unlikely to have any effect at all on its performance at the box office. A.O. Scott in the New York Times writes, "The only explicable thing about Babylon A.D. is that it was not screened in advance for critics. Our judgments, in any case, may be superfluous, since the director, Mathieu Kassovitz, has already publicly described it as 'pure violence and stupidity.'" Adds Michael Ordoņa in the Los Angeles Times: "Kassovitz and the studio are apparently feuding over the finished product. There may be an interesting director's cut DVD down the line, but this theatrical version is less than riveting." Surprisingly, David Hiltbrand in the Philadelphia Inquirer gives the film a rave review, saying that it far exceeded his expectations and compliments the director for doing "a remarkable job with this material.". It is, he says, "a disturbing, wonderfully executed vision of the future. ... Seamless in its execution, the movie plays out like a grittier version of The Fifth Element."
troublemaker
post #3  on September 2, 2008 - 3:10 PM PDT  
> On September 2, 2008 - 12:12 PM PDT MHeise wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> This weekend I watched Babylon AD, with Vin whateverhisname is.. and I have to say I started out good. reminded me of his work in the first Riddick movie. but when the jet skis started to come on that was it...I'm telling you good start bad end. like eating some really good Mexican food but then you get the runs.
>
> If you saw it let me know what you thought...
> ---------------------------------

Jet skis huh? Reminds me of another film that's so bad it's good.. Waterworld !
Battie
post #4  on September 3, 2008 - 10:28 AM PDT  
I'll have to agree. The film wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be. And given the sets and special effects (creepy NYC), they could've done a whole lot more with it. I'd be willing to bet if the studio had left the director alone, it'd have actually been a good film. That said, I am a cyberpunk fan (more books than movies since the latter tends to come off badly), so I might actually buy it on DVD. There were hints of what the movie could've been, enough that I wasn't bored. 'Course, M is right. Once the snowmobiles started, it was pretty much over. From then on (except for the introduction to new New York), I was somewhat bored.

The jumpers action scene was pretty cool, though. Probably the future of action flicks (basically they moved like 'urban explorers' - roof jumpers - and skateboarders). There's actually a game coming out much like that called Mirror's Edge. Bit of cyberpunk to it, too. (Not like the movie, like the jumpers).

Anyway, I think I liked the tone of Babylon A.D. the most. A lot of cyberpunk/post-apocalyptic movies have a tone that is basically...Look how horrible the future is, how evil man has become. Babylon A.D. had some of that (the character of the hot young thang), but Vin Diesel's character was just accepting of it - it is what it is. It gave the movie a more natural tone (normally, whatever your surroundings, you get used to it and it ceases to be so horrifying). I kept expecting him to tell her something comforting as the movie rolled on, but he never did. For him, it was nothing that disturbing. I guess it was the non-judgemental tone from the main character that made the movie so interesting.

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