Babylon A.D. – No Miracles Here

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Hey all…

So today I was able to see the movie I couldn’t see yesterday due to issues with the all digital theater. Now I’m wondering if I should’ve skipped it. It starts with a bit of a bang, but ends with a very weak whimper.

[rating:2/4]

Babylon A.D., starring Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Melanie Thierry, Gerard Depardieu, and Charlotte Rampling. Set in a not too distant future, Toorop (Vin Diesel) is hired by Gorsky (Gerard Depardieu) to transport Aurora (Melanie Thierry) and Sister Rebeka (Michelle Yeoh) from a nunnery in Eurasia to New York City in 6 days. Who knew it would be a tough job?

What did I like about this movie? Well, the action scenes were actually pretty good. And the opening sequence where we are introduced to Toorop is gripping enough to keep me interested for a while…

And it all leads to a particularly unsatisfying, boring ending.

I like Vin Diesel. And Melanie Thierry is a very pretty girl. Michelle Yeoh can always handle herself in a movie (she was also in this summer’s Mummy movie). And it took me until Gorsky’s demise to realize that it was Gerard Depardieu.

But this movie didn’t live up to its potential. I can see why the Director is angry about how Fox handled production and publicity. According to Perez Hilton:

I’m very unhappy with the film… I never had a chance to do one scene the way it was written or the way I wanted it to be. The script wasn’t respected. Bad producers, bad partners, it was a terrible experience. I should have chosen a studio that has guts. Fox was just trying to get a PG-13 movie. I’m ready to go to war against them, but I can’t because they don’t give a <bleep>.”

Babylon AD - Sister Rebeka, Aurora, Vin DieselI purchased the book the movie was based on — Babylon Babies by Maurice G. Dantec. I’m hoping that the book follows through on a lot of the themes that were barely glossed over in the movie.

Ultimately the movie focuses on the dangers of science used to prove religion right. Manufactured miracles.

I think Fox is going to have to hope for a miracle to get any money out of this movie.

So Babylon A.D. only gets 2 out of 4 from me. It showed promise and wasn’t a total waste of time, but it was pretty close.

Let me know what you thought!

–Fitz

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The Dangers of All Digital Theaters

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Hi all…

I have to say that I am disappointed at the moment. I was all set to go see Babylon A.D. today, got to my local (and fairly new) Hollywood Theaters location up in northern Colorado Springs… and was told that there would be no shows today due to problems with the film. Either the film didn’t get delivered correctly (via satellite probably) or the actual theater where the movie was to be shown had damaged equipment. I’m betting it was the former.

Now… I had a small window of opportunity to see the movie today and evidently it wasn’t fated to be. (Regardless of the fact that it’s received horrible press so far, I still want to see the film.)

If I had gone to a traditional theater, one where actual reels of film had been delivered physically to the location, I wouldn’t have run into this issue. But because I chose a digital theater, I ran into trouble.

I have to say that this is the first time since I’ve gone to this theater that this has occurred (it opened the weekend that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls opened, so it’s only been open since May). So perhaps the issues are not causing them too much trouble.

But I have to wonder when I go to the Hollywood Movies website today and it shows this:

Hollywood Theaters Website - Babylon AD ad

The theater seems to be to blame for my not being able to see this movie. And I have to say that the ticket seller didn’t even suggest a different movie. He just kind of blew me off, which further exacerbated my situation.

Oh well. My wife and I may end up seeing this later in the weekend, but probably not at this theater. I’d hate to be “turned away” again.

–Fitz

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