5.4/10
1,293
19 user 13 critic

The Return of James Battle (2004)

Atomik Circus - Le retour de James Bataille (original title)
James Bataille escapes from prison to find his fiancée Concia. But on his return, octopussy like aliens come to play bloody spoilsport. After lucky battle James and Concia escape to parallel world.

Writers:

Jean-Phillippe Dugand, Marie Garel-Weiss (as Marie Garrel Weiss) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Mon ange (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A prostitute takes in a young orphaned boy.

Director: Serge Frydman
Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Vincent Rottiers, Eduardo Noriega
La clef (2007)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

One morning, Eric Vincent, a thirty-something without a past and reluctant about fatherhood, receives a phone call from a stranger proposing him to retrieve the ashes of his late father, whom he never met.

Director: Guillaume Nicloux
Stars: Guillaume Canet, Marie Gillain, Vanessa Paradis
Cornouaille (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A young woman inherits her family's historic home on the coast of Brittany, a house she has not been to since her father died there when she was age 12.

Director: Anne Le Ny
Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Samuel Le Bihan, Jonathan Zaccaï
Élisa (1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Marie has had a tough childhood ever since her mother Elisa committed suicide. She has spent most of her life in an orphanage and now makes a living as a small time criminal in Paris. Now ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Becker
Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Gérard Depardieu, Clotilde Courau
Low Profile (2012)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

There's nothing to keep Yvan in Paris any longer. His wife has left him to live in Thailand. His teenage daughters have chosen to live with his sister Ariane, who is as anxious as she is ... See full summary »

Director: Cécilia Rouaud
Stars: Denis Ménochet, Vanessa Paradis, Léa Drucker
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

When Alice gets out of jail, her mother who just died left her an audio message. Twenty year ago, Alice's mother was in love with two men at the same time and got pregnant but never said it... See full summary »

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon, Vanessa Paradis
Noce blanche (1989)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A teacher of philosophy encounters a complicated pupil; a seventeen year old girl who possesses quite a cynical view of the world. He attempts to help her focus on her studies, but soon ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau
Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Bruno Cremer, Ludmila Mikaël
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: Delphine Kreuter
Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Sergi López, Florence Thomassin
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young man joins a team of experimented door-to-door salesmen, who teach him how to sell an expensive encyclopedia to modest homes that have no use for it.

Director: Christian Merret-Palmair
Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Michel Duchaussoy, Etienne Chicot
The Crazies (1973)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The military attempts to contain a manmade combat virus that causes death and permanent insanity in those infected, as it overtakes a small Pennsylvania town.

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Lane Carroll, Will MacMillan, Harold Wayne Jones
Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Michael Firch is very skilled in computers and he goes to Paris to meet very important persons to discuss a contract. Michael was born on a special astral date. On arriving in Paris, he ... See full summary »

Director: René Manzor
Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Gil Bellows, Jean Reno
Adventure | Fantasy

A fast-talking con-man makes his way in a post-apocalyptic world.

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Paradis ... Concia
Jason Flemyng ... James Bataille
Benoît Poelvoorde ... Allan Chiasse
Jean-Pierre Marielle ... Bosco
Venantino Venantini ... Matt Kelso
Vincent Tavier Vincent Tavier ... Chef Brody
Bouli Lanners ... Chip
Jacky Lambert Jacky Lambert ... Dips
Dominique Bettenfeld ... Peter Cheval
Mar Sodupe Mar Sodupe ... Kitty
Vincent Belorgey Vincent Belorgey ... Boon / Ricardo Bello-Radio Skotlett
Daniel Cohen Daniel Cohen ... Peintre
Gaëtan Chataigner Gaëtan Chataigner ... Un membre des Perros Negros
Federico Pellegrini Federico Pellegrini ... Un membre des Perros Negros / Le narrateur
Stéphane Louvain Stéphane Louvain ... Un membre des Perros Negros
Edit

Storyline

James Bataille escapes from prison to find his fiancée Concia. But on his return, octopussy like aliens come to play bloody spoilsport. After lucky battle James and Concia escape to parallel world.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

France | Germany | UK

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 July 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Return of James Battle See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

€14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$263,261 (France), 30 July 2004
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Initially, the role of Bosco should have been played by Jean Yanne who began to work on the movie. But when he died in May 2003, the directors asked Jean-Pierre Marielle to take the role, and he accepted, partly because Jean Yanne was one of his friends. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Nice aliens, shame about the rest!
25 May 2006 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Atomik Circus is a crazy mix of comedy, musical, sci-fi and horror which, despite some great effects and a good deal of imagination, ultimately fails due to a poorly developed script and some bad pacing. The movie takes so long in introducing its offbeat characters that an hour passes before anything very interesting happens; by then, there isn't enough time left to develop a decent plot or even fit in a satisfying ending.

Jason Flemyng play James Battle, a stuntman who is jailed when a disastrous motorcycle jump results in the destruction of the Sam Paradiso bar, owned by Bosco, influential citizen of Skotlett, a backwater town inhabited mostly by weirdos—but also by Concia (Vanessa Paradis), Bosco's daughter and girlfriend of James.

Enter sleazy impresario Alan Chiasse (Benoit Poelvoorde) who pretends to be interested in promoting Concia's musical career, but who is really only interested in getting into her pants. As Alan is trying his best to seduce Concia, James is doing his utmost to reach his woman, having busted out of prison.

When James finally arrives at Skotlett, he not only finds his girl being pawed at by sleaze-bag Alan, but he also discovers that the town is under attack from face sucking tentacled creatures from another dimension.

The film only really gets going at this point, and it is here that we witness some great CGI monsters and lashings of gore, as the Lovecraftian beasts dismember and decapitate the helpless inhabitants of Skotlett. If the first 60 minutes had contained some of this crazy OTT action, I would have no hesitation in recommending Atomik Circus to fans of bizarre cinema; however, no amount of gore in the closing moments can make up for the tedious and disjointed first hour.

And the ending is just downright bizarre....


10 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 19 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed