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Babylon A.D. (2008)

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Veteran-turned-mercenary Toorop takes the high-risk job of escorting a woman from Russia to America. Little does he know that she is host to an organism that a cult wants to harvest in order to produce a genetically modified Messiah.

Director:

Mathieu Kassovitz

Writers:

Maurice G. Dantec (novel), Mathieu Kassovitz (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vin Diesel ... Toorop
Michelle Yeoh ... Sister Rebeka
Mélanie Thierry ... Aurora
Gérard Depardieu ... Gorsky
Charlotte Rampling ... The High Priestess
Mark Strong ... Finn
Lambert Wilson ... Darquandier
Jérôme Le Banner Jérôme Le Banner ... Killa
Joel Kirby Joel Kirby ... Dr. Newton
Souleymane Dicko Souleymane Dicko ... Jamal
David Belle ... Kid with Tattoos
Radek Bruna Radek Bruna ... Karl
Jan Unger Jan Unger ... Fight Promoter
Abraham Belaga Abraham Belaga ... Assistant to High Priestess
Gary Cowan Gary Cowan ... Neolite Executive
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Storyline

In a near future, the mercenary Toorop is hired by the powerful criminal Gorsky to take a woman named Aurora from a Noelite Convent in Central Asia to New York. In return, he will receive a large amount of money and a clear passport. Toorop joins Aurora and her guardian Sister Rebeka as they cross the dangerous Russian landscape chased by mercenaries that also want Aurora. On their journey, Toorop discovers that Aurora has special abilities and once in New York, they see on the news that the Noelite Convent has just been bombed. When Aurora discloses that she is a virgin and pregnant with twins, Toorop realizes that there is something sinister behind his mission and that he and Sister Rebeka are not part of Gorsky's plans. Written by MissTrious, UK

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Save the World One Child at a Time.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

France | UK

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

29 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Babylon Babies See more »

Filming Locations:

Sweden See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,484,627, 31 August 2008

Gross USA:

$22,532,572

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$72,109,200
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie got almost no promotion, due to a feud between Mathieu Kassovitz and 20th Century Fox over the final version. See more »

Goofs

50'N, 128'W may be 10 miles from the Canada / US border but it is not Kitimat as stated, because it would be in the ocean and it is actually at 54'N, 128'W. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Toorop: [voice-over] Save the planet. Whenever I've read that bumper sticker I've had to laugh. Save the planet. What for? And for what, ourselves? What about God, can He help us? I don't think so. God gave us what we have to see how we use it. Shit, rats in a cage would have done it better. Life's a bitch and then you die - bumper sticker philosophy. Yeah, right. Sometimes, you get a second chance.
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Alternate Versions

Some of the main differences between the 20th Century Fox aka theatrical version and Studio Canal aka unrated version are as follows:
  • The opening sequence monologue of Toorop is different. The narration in the unrated version matches the cyberpunk tone of the movie and denounces God.
  • The unrated version follows with a sequence of Toorop waking up in his flat and having breakfast before he sets out to the rainy street, which is where the theatrical version starts.
  • On the train to Vladivostok the unrated version includes a scene of an encounter with a herdsman's family from whom Toorop tries to buy-off their seats.
  • In the Vladivostok club all the sequences of Aurora's encounters with the fighter are edited differently. The unrated edition employs more close-ups to establish the connection between them, whereas the theatrical version uses mainly wide shots.
  • The fight between Toorop and the fighter is also edited differently. The unrated version has more shots of Toorop hitting the fighter to fit better with his not so much of a clear-cut hero image.
  • The snowmobile chase is different in the two versions. The theatrical version features more spectacular stunt shots and shows Toorop more as an unbeatable action hero.
  • Before the sequence in the tent where they all enjoy the food, the unrated version features a shot of Toorop shooting a cute rabbit. The theatrical version does not explain where they got the meat.
  • The unrated version follows the shower scene in the Canadian motel with the scene of the High Priestess undergoing plastic surgery which was included in the theatrical version at the beginning after the group left the monastery (in the unrated version after this scene follows a montage of wide shots of the car cruising the landscape). The unrated edition omits the whole sequence on the Canadian airport.
  • The sequence of Toorop's memory scanning in the unrated version is much longer, revealing his whole past and his terrorist activities, including 9/11. After the scanning the unrated version includes a dialogue scene with Toorop and Darquandier elaborating on Aurora's babies and the next step of mankind's evolution. The scene concludes with Darquandier's troops informing them about the short arrival of the High Priestess (this part is included in the theatrical version after the death of Gorsky).
  • The unrated version omits the climatic action sequence with the Hummer chase and also the kitschy happy ending with Toorop and the two babies. The unrated version ends with Toorop's narration after his reunion with Aurora and than follows with a much longer scene in the hospital. This ending is true to the spirit of cyberpunk.
  • Also many tracking shots in the film are significantly longer in the unrated edition, making it more focused on the society and the world of the future in comparison to the action-oriented theatrical version.
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Connections

Follows The Red Siren (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Digital Slaps
Written by RZA (as Robert Diggs) and Shavo Odadjian
Performed by Achozen
Courtesy of UrSession Records, Wu Music Group and Columbia Records
Published by Universal Music Careers and Allyomusic (BMI)
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Incredibly Disappointing Movie
30 August 2008 | by spiderman112004See all my reviews

Wow, i don't even know where to start. I'd first like to say that,im usually generous and optimistic when i see movies, and usually films my friends say suck, i say they are okay, or when my friends say they are okay, i say it was great...This one failed in 2 very important aspects of storytelling. One, they were confused as to what the climax really was and two, there's no resolution or their pathetic excuse for one was terrible. I don't know whether they are setting up for a sequel or what but the ending was laughable(literally people laughed at the ending). Its all disappointing because the movie looked liked it had potential. the acting was average, but i didn't expect much from vin diesel and Michelle Yeoh did a decent job, other then that wait to this hits USA or TBS, don't even rent it from blockbuster, its not worth it.


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