Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz
Vin Diesel attempts to save the world, again.
Babylon A.D. could mark the end of Vin Diesel’s career, said Chris Tookey in the London Daily Mail. After a string of stinkers, the action star takes the lead in yet another “clichéd, tedious, and absurdly underwritten” flop. Director Mathieu Kassovitz’s indecipherable film is an adaptation of Babylon Babies, a cult novel from French author Maurice Dantec. Set sometime in the future, it follows Diesel, a gun for hire who must smuggle a sexy nun from post-apocalyptic Russia to a New York penthouse. The plot is preposterous, said Xan Brooks in the London Guardian. The more the film explains, the less you care. Even Diesel, the “endearingly shambolic action hero,” seems barely interested in what’s going on. He mumbles his lines and “sports an air of perplexed annoyance that suggests he signed up for a different movie altogether.” Though Diesel “dozes his way” through the film, he may come out better than Kassovitz, said Jordan Mintzer in Variety. The director has made a “noisier, costlier” version of Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men without either the “social-political significance” or “jaw-dropping direction.”
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