Babylon A.D. (2008) Poster

(2008)

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  • Babylon A.D. is based on Babylon Babies (1999), a novel by French science fiction writer Maurice Georges Dantec.

  • Anno Domini, which is Latin for "year of our lord", referring to the years since Jesus Christ was traditionally born. As a frame of reference, the year 2014 can be written as A.D. 2014. Anno Domini corresponds to Common Era (C.E.), a term that does not use the religious reference explicit in "Anno Domini."

  • Undetermined, but after having seen the tigers, Aurora mentions that they were extinct in 2017. The tigers they saw were the second generation of clones. Judging by the sci-fi technology we see throughout the film, and the fact that Toorop (Vin Diesel) was born sometime before the attacks of 11 September 2001 as we know in his flashback sequence, New York City's population growth, and how Aurora also mentions the Soviet submarine—that it is over 30 years old. The film probably takes place in the late 2020s or the 2030s.

  • No. As noted above, Babylon A.D. is based on the novel Babylon Babies. Other than the word "Babylon" and the fact that both stories are futuristic, there is no connection.

  • WorstPreviews.com has posted an article in which they provide quotes supposedly made by director Mathieu Kassovitz in an interview with AMCTV in which Kassovitz admits anger with the final results of this film, particularly the fact that it got edited down to 93 minutes in order to get a PG-13 rating.

  • Babylon A.D. has a rather wild history in the States. The movie got cut prior to its US theatrical release in order to get a PG-13 rating. This lead to a dispute between Kassovitz and Fox, because the director was not amused. His original cut got released in several European countries, whereas Americans had to wait for the home cinema release of the movie, to see the longer version of this movie, which is called Raw and Uncensored, Extended Harder Cut in the US. The total difference between both versions is about 10 minutes but there are several changes to the plot and in the end, hence two different movies.

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