Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Science Fiction of Vin Diesel

There has been surprisingly little buzz about the new Vin Diesel science fiction movie Babylon A.D. but from the trailer it looks like a gritty cyberpunk actioner. Even with all of the other big summer blockbusters this year there hasn't been any pure science fiction. It's been a bit of a drought and this release even at the end of the summer (release date August 29) is welcome.

Babylon A.D. is based on the novel Babylon Babies by French science fiction writer Maurice G. Dantec. He now lives and works in Quebec.It appears to be the only one of his novels that has been translated into English. Amazon gives it a 4.5 star rating.

Two of my favourite scifi films also star Vin Diesel portraying one of the screens more memorable scifi characters - Riddick.

The first Riddick film was Pitch Black (2000) a modern classic, and The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) a flawed but excellent film.

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