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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

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

France

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:

$11,541,571, 31 August 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,531,698, 16 November 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$72,107,734
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Runtime:

(video) | (unrated)

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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mathieu Kassovitz developed the film adaptation for five years. See more »

Goofs

Toorop drives through the border town, and the kids start throwing rocks. Once all the kids stop, you can clearly see one of the 'rocks' bounce a few times, because the rocks are rubber. 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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Referenced in Fucking Kassovitz (2011) See more »

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Performed by Achozen
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muddled story ruins sci-fi adventure
28 February 2009 | by winner55See all my reviews

Let's start at the end. Direct discussion of the point of the whole story could hardly be a spoiler, since the final success or failure f this point is left for readers to discover, if they are still interested. If fact, if the film makers had made the point explicit at th very beginning, they would have made a much better movie. But to demonstrate how they have subverted the best interests of the film, here are three comments from three recent reviewers expressing confusion as to the identity of the woman at the core of the story: "The virus they thought the girl might have was never explained. Beyond that it made her some kinda bomb, maybe... But wouldn't they be afraid of catching it?" - dkpedigo.

"What he does not know, but soon learns is the knowledge the girl may be a sleeper threat to him, his boss and to those who don't want the girl to live after she arrives in America." - thinker1691.

"According to the film, the Neolites needed Aurora intact so they could establish their religion by showing that one of their own had twin virgin births." - bnvrohm.

I actually ran through the end of this film three times before I finally got it: A virus is devastating North America and Aurora is a test-tube baby genetically designed to produce a race of superhumans who can survive the virus (by healing very rapidly) and reproduce without sex (which has left Aurora a side-effect of intense empathy). Consequently, the battle between the two scientists who effectively designed her is one of control, neither of them wants her dead, no matter what else they feel for her or what other use they may have for her. The former point needs explaining which never occurs in the film, and the latter point is senselessly obscured by the intense violence of the last major gun battle. And the decision to make both points mysterious has led to a conclusion that is confusing and unsatisfying, both intellectually and emotionally. I won't tell you exactly what happens, that would spoil it; but I suggest that after you've seen it you'll wonder if you care.

That said, the film is not a total loss as cynical sci-fi action film. Diesal actually gives a good performance here. There are some exciting action set-pieces, the dramatic and satiric set-pieces are occasionally intriguing, and the world of Babylon AD may be unpleasant but it is fully realized, which is the first demand for any sci-fi film.

But there's no doubt the story needed much more thought and better control than we see here. This journey should be leading somewhere, but when we get there, we wonder why we bothered.


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