Babylon A.D. movie review: Veteran-turned-mercenary Toorop takes the high-risk job of escorting a woman from Russia to America. Little does he know that she is host to an organism that a cult wants to harvest in order to produce a genetically modified Messiah.
Skip it: It’s no surprise that the movie is bad and offers nothing of value to paying customers, but director Mathieu Kassovitz’s complaints of unfair studio interference might earn more sympathy if he wasn’t also responsible for the equally inane Halle Berry thriller “Gothika.” And if he hadn’t signed on to a movie with Diesel, whose leading man stature remains utterly baffling, as the star.
Catch it: To ponder why a classy, appealing asskicker like Yeoh can’t find a movie worthy of her talents.
Bottom line: No matter who’s really to blame, it’s easy to understand why Kassovitz would want to distance himself from what’s on screen. A few sleek visuals and nifty sci-fi concepts are lost among senseless action, a poorly shaped narrative and an abundance of clichés that make the movie come off like an amped-up and dumbed-down imitation of “Children of Men”—one that’s simultaneously more expensive, yet better suited for the bargain DVD bin. Source: Metromix
Box Office: As of January 31, 2009, the film grossed $22,532,572 in the United States and $49,573,118 in foreign countries totaling a worldwide gross of $72,105,690 . The film was placed #2 behind Tropic Thunder with $9,484,267 in 3,390 theaters with a $2,798 average. The film has the eighth-highest 4-day Labor Day gross since 1982. Despite over $71 million being made from its box office gross, the film is considered a very minor success considering its production budget ($70 million).
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