What I've Been Watching: The Catch-All Film Thread
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January 6th, 2009, 12:56
Babylon A.D. (Euro Cut)
Not as bad as the director made it. High production values, typical classy French visual style (think 5th Element, Transporter, Brotherhood of Wolves). Vin Diesel plays a character which suits his acting talent.
Surprisingly the movie is pretty good in the first half. But then the action kicks in and the plot jumps around. The 2nd half feels as if 30 minutes are missing. It's nearly impossible to understand who does what why.
Babylon A.D. is a potentially good movie hidden in a train wreck. As it is it's still solid entertainment, good enough to watch once. At least it's not mediocre and faceless.
The US and the UK got a shorter cut (90 min.) made by Fox. DVD releases may include the longer Euro version. Make sure to watch the 101 minute version (+/- NTSC conversion). I've heard reports about 3rd version for NA DVD. That's unconfirmed though.
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