Having read the hype around this movie and seen the moody on set pieces I was inspired to watch this movie. Now I know that Vin Diesel is not going to win an Emmy for his method acting in this movie, but since his role in pitch black I'm awaiting another good role. Why do I say this: maybe as I am a fan of the underdog.
Let’s look at Bruce Willis. Later on in his career he did movies like 12 monkeys, pulp fiction and 6th sense. All of which showed him in good light. I'd really like to see him in a Ridley Scott movie as the main protagonist. Which brings me nicely to that of Vin Diesel?
Anyway, this movie I believe is adapted from a comic book of the same name. I've not read this but I can empathize that with Vin D in the movie it must have had quite a few fighting and action scenes.
The film has some good elements that compliment his style of acting and in others it works against him. I will explain. Like what we saw in xxx and the thwarted pitch black 2, SCI Fi acts well when you don't have to explain it. This is the blessing of cyberpunk as a genre. Still, it must be believable in terms of consistency. This is where the movie falls down.
The good elements are that there is a war, no explanation why and America has these crazy injected passports for their control. There is a love interest with Vin and his passenger he must escort to the states. The world has entered an age of new religions and one of these groups has an interest in the passenger. Once Vin D comes into his own - he has to look after the passenger and commences http://www.trailer2008.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/babylon-ad1.jpg
his transformation into a vengeful boyfriend.
These elements work kind of well until we get to a matrix moment in the movie where the passenger has powers a little above those explained. As well with the passenger we find out that she cannot be touched, but she has enough hand t hand combat that makes it rather tenuous why she cannot be touched.
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+++spoiler+++ she is some kind of experimental super computer made by her rather strange morally unbelievable father who is like a Morpheus of some super cool ninja jumping guardian.
It is not explained why she can create a force shield or act like neo from the matrix.
She now bares 2 children from a virgin birth although it could be via the intimate bonding between Vin D and her. Neither is it explained why she must go the USA.
Finally it is not explained to make any sense of consistency, so the plot looses its power as who launched a missile attack on the passenger's monastery to kill her. As there are only 2 people wanting her and neither of them want her dead.... Why is this included? I think there was some chopping involved with the plot. +++spoiler ends
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So it detracts from the plot that was action based throughout to this point. As well the love interest between Vin and the passenger is a bit weak. There's tension but not enough for a fresh dog meat eating, ethical mercenary who doesn't abide with betrayal.
The beginning of the movie where Vin D dies is explained and we are given the last few minutes with a rather lame feel-good ending. This movie is quasi cyberpunk. I give it 3 outta 5....rental when you're faced with rubbish on TV.
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