Confused, Chaotic Mess
Release Date: August 29, 2008
Starring: Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh,
Gerard Depardieu, Melanie
Thierry, Charlotte Rampling,
Lambert Wilson, and Mark
Genre: Science Fiction
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 90 or 101 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Ilan Goldman
Writer: Mathieu Kassovitz and Eric
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Set in the near future a few decades from now and based on an acclaimed 1999 French science fiction novel, the movie stars Vin Diesel as Toorop, a mercenary down on his luck and living in a war-torn Eastern Europe. A former boss hires him to take a young woman named Aurora from a New Age/Christian convent in Mongolia to New York City. Accompanying them is a nun, named Rebeka, who became Aurora’s adoptive mother when the orphan was left there. The trip is arduous and dangerous, with many action scenes. When they arrive in New York, Toorop realizes the girl is the object of a power struggle between the evil high priestess of Rebeka’s sect and the international gang led by his Russian boss.
MOVIEGUIDE® can see why Vin Diesel was attracted to this role. The story has some nice action sequences with good special effects and takes him from a tough guy survivor to a man who finds his worth measured as a compassionate protector of the weak, including children. His character learns that Aurora is pregnant with twins but by some kind of “virgin birth.”
This is where the movie gets confusing and silly. The high priestess of the nun’s New Age/Christian sect wants to use the miracle of the twins to grab power somehow. Power to do what is never quite clear. Images of Jesus and the Cross appear in the movie, making it sometimes seem as if this sect could be a Christian one and that the movie has a positive Christian worldview, but these themes are never developed. Although the nun and the high priestess make references to God, there is no theological meat to the bones of their faith. Furthermore, the somewhat bizarre and unresolved references to the virgin birth of Aurora’s twins is offensive, even though the movie avoids making any anti-Christian meaning out of that plot device (the French novel BABYLON BABIES on which it’s based may be a different matter).
Thus, the movie leaves viewers in the dark. And, it throws in some references to artificial intelligence, which clouds the issue even further, including the religious significance of Aurora and her twins. The movie’s worldview is clearly New Age and syncretistic, but the theological and moral content beyond that is unclear. Therefore, it’s better to avoid this movie and spend your time seeking spiritual truth and knowledge by reading what the Bible itself actually says about Jesus Christ, our Divine Lord and Savior. The Bible is very clear on the divine nature and divine message of Jesus Christ and His Gospel. It’s also a beautifully written, inspiring, profound, and sublime collection of works that brings us closer in communion and fellowship with our Divine Creator, the one and only God.
BABYLON A.D. never resolves what’s really happening. Images of Jesus and the Cross appear, making it sometimes seem as if the nun’s sect could be a Christian one and that the movie has a positive Christian worldview. These themes are never developed, however. In fact, the movie adopts a New Age, syncretistic worldview, but there’s little or no clear theological content behind it.