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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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Details

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:

£536,968 (United Kingdom), 31 August 2008, Limited Release

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The round Sigil Tattoo seen on Vin Diesel's neck is known as "The Gate of the Necronomicon" and is protective, symbolizing Man, the Creator and The Watchers. See more »

Goofs

When Toorop is checking his interactive map after picking up Aurora at the convent, it shows the Bering Strait separating Russian and Canadian territory. It should separate Russian and American territory. If Toorop could have gone directly from Russia to America, he wouldn't need an implantable passport. It's possible, in this future, that Alaska is part of Canada, but no one mentions that. 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

The DVD release in America is 2-sided. On one side is the "Theatrical version" and on the other side is an unrated version. Both have different endings. The unrated version also has some added footage, deleted scenes, and extended scenes. See more »

Connections

Follows The Red Siren (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Bass
Written by Irfane Khan Acito (as Christopher Irfane Khan Acito) and Jerome Hadey
Performed by Outlines
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User Reviews

 
Enjoyable
7 September 2008 | by happyvibesSee all my reviews

I enjoyed the movie. The locations were visually interesting. I liked the camera work. There was a lot of action, but everything happened so fast it was hard to follow the action scenes. Vin Diesel is interesting and entertaining to watch, and if you enjoy his movies, then you will like this one.

I am going to have to read the book to understand what the plot really was about. The explanation of the plot seems to have been sacrificed for more action. I like reading sci-fi, so this gives me something to look up when I go to the bookstore. When I read the book, I will think of the movie and it will be fun.

If you like exotic locations and nice camera work, fast action scenes and don't mind some foul language, its a fun movie.


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