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Babylon A.D.

Babylon A.D.
Starring:
Vin Deisel, Melanie Thierry and Michelle Yeoh


Rated: PG-13 
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: August 29, 2008 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

Vin Diesel stars in this confusing sci-fi adventure directed by Mathieu Kassovitz.

It begins in Russia where people barter for food on dirty streets filled with scary-looking characters, before going home to their stark living quarters.

There's no set up to let us know the year this takes place, nor do we know why the world is in the dire situation it appears to be. We only know that things are pretty bleak, and you have to fight for everything you want.

A Russian mobster hires Diesel to escort an angelic-looking young woman, played by Melanie Thierry to New York. The girl had been cloistered in a hillside monastery her whole life and her watchful guardian, played by Michelle Yeoh, goes with them.

To get out of the country, they buy passports, procure train tickets, fight off thugs at a refugee camp and even jump onto a submarine that appears from beneath the frozen tundra.

Besides leaving us in the dark on a number of things, there are also a bunch of storylines to contend with. Like a kidnapping attempt, a mysterious American cult leader who's interested in the girl, human experimentation, a potential virus and overtones of magical powers - a lot to follow!

Even the action, and it wouldn't be a Vin Diesel adventure film without it, is dark and murky. The camera is too close to the shooting and chase scenes to appreciate them.

Diesel is a capable action star, all he needs is a good script. This isn't it.

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