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Babylon A.D. Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 10

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    A towering heap of nihilistic nonsense that plays like a cornball "Children of God."

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  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    When martial arts star Michelle Yeoh shows up as a pious, butt-kicking nun, you have to wonder if Kassovitz isn't accidentally cribbing from Mel Brooks, too.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Violent actioner is dull, dreary, and defective.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sci-fi action movie takes place in a bleak, ruined dystopian future. It's quite violent, with explosions, shootings, strangling, and more. There's also extensive discussion of nuclear attacks, genetic engineering, and refugee movements, as well as religious themes and imagery. Several characters are kept alive by high-tech machinery, and some scenes of surgery and medical processes are quite intense. Also expect swearing ("s--t," one use of "f--k"), product placement, and some drinking and smoking.

  • Families can talk about the appeal of dark visions of the future. Are dystopian movies a way for us to process our anxieties about the present? In the movie's vision of the future, corporations have more control than governments; does the film's extensive use of corporate logos on screen warn against excess corporate power or represent it? Families can also discuss the challenges and concerns surrounding genetic engineering -- what ethical and moral complications does it pose for people now and in the future?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Several dystopian elements are involved in the plot -- nuclear attack, ecological catastrophe, biological warfare, genetic engineering, and more. The villains are in a quasi-religious cult. The lead character is given to nihilistic pronouncements like "there's no mercy for the weak."

What to watch for
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    Violence: Frequent violence, including fistfights, firefights, explosions, missile salvos, and more. A sequence involves cage fighting; the film also features drowning, strangling, riots, terrorist bomb attacks, and more. Animals are butchered on screen. Some blood. Discussion of nuclear and biological weapons.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Brief glimpses of scantily clad women; a moment of sexual tension between a shirtless man and a woman.

  • language false3

    Language: Some, including one use of "f--k," "s--t," and multiple uses of "ass," "bitch," "hell," "s--thole," and more.

  • consumerism false4

    Consumerism: Extensive on-screen brand presence, including (but not limited to) Coca-Cola Zero, Marlboro, Marriott, Range Rover, and Google.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Cigarette and cigar smoking; characters drink wine and hard liquor.