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:: Babylon A.D.

Thank goodness that Vin Diesel has turned his back on family films and returned back to what he knows best; a hard edged action thriller with a storyline that actually keeps its audience interested. That is the best part of ‘Babylon A.D.’, while it won’t win any Academy Awards it does what it sets out to do, and that is entertain.

Set in the not- too-distant-but-very-different future the film tells the story of Toorop (Vin Diesel), a mercenary who is contracted by Gorsky (Gerard Depardieu) to take a young girl named Aurora (Melanie Thierry) to the United States. When Toorop picks her up he discovers that one of the monastery’s sisters, Sister Rebeka (Michelle Yeoh), has to travel with him, and straight away they don’t see eye to eye. But despite her dislike for him Sister Rebeka soon realises that Toorop is the only person that can get Aurora to the United States. But as the journey continues, and more enemies raise their heads, Toorop realises that Aurora is more than just a girl when he sees first-hand that she knows about things she shouldn’t know about.

By now most of you would have heard that this film bombed in America, but don’t be put off by that. It’s hardly surprising considering the film’s storyline openly slams the United States and organised religion.

The European influence on the film shows throughout with screenwriter, Eric Besnard producing an action thriller that is more than just gunfire and car chases. While director, Mathieru Kassovitz comes up with some interesting shots and special effects that adds a classy feel to the film. While not quite as natural looking as ‘Children Of Men’, some of the scenes in ‘Babylon A.D.’ do look eerily realistic. Eerie because you can actually see that our world could turn into this type of society.

Unlike most action-thrillers the characters are far from one-dimensional. We see the softer side to Toorop while the film masterfully keeps the secrets that Aurora holds until it is felt that the audience really needs to know.

The only problem with ‘Babylon A.D.’ is that the film’s storyline may confuse anyone that isn’t a sci-fi fan. It does get pretty deep, as it delves into human cloning and Hillsong-style cults. The whole storyline revolving around Aurora does cause you too think and it may take a while for the full impact of the film to hit you.

While there is nothing ultra special about the acting or special effects in Babylon A.D, the storyline works well and it will keep you entertained… after all that’s what films are supposed to do.