Adam Markovitz
September 10, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Babylon A.D.

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
100 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/29/08
performer
Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Lambert Wilson
director
Mathieu Kassovitz
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Eric Besnard
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, ActionAdventure

We gave it a D+

Even before Babylon A.D.‘s release, director Mathieu Kassovitz publicly disowned the sci-fi thriller about a mercenary (Vin Diesel, asleep at the wheel) who is hired to transport a young woman (Mélanie Thierry) from a convent in Kazakhstan to New York City. But it would’ve been gutsier to take full credit for something this derivative. Babylon‘s plot is a lumpy mixture of The Fifth Element and Children of Men, while its dystopian future references Blade Runner, Dune, and The Matrix. And when martial arts star Michelle Yeoh shows up as a butt-kicking nun, you have to wonder if Kassovitz isn’t accidentally cribbing from Mel Brooks, too. D+

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