Babylon A.D.

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Babylon A.D.
Adapted from Maurice C Dantec’s cult 1999 novel ‘Babylon Babies’, this post-apocalyptic sci-fi film began life as un film de Mathieu Kassovitz (‘La Haine’), but ended up as an overblown, over-budget vehicle for Vin Diesel. Hired by sleazy Russian gangster Gorsky (Gérard Depardieu) to deliver beautiful child prodigy Aurora to New York, cynical mercenary Toorop (Diesel), braves foul weather, corrupt people-traffickers, base-jumping villains and drone attack planes.

Along for the ride is kick-ass nun Sister Rebecca (Michelle Yeoh), who keeps quiet about the custody battle involving Aurora’s ‘birth’ parents. Her scientist father (Lambert Wilson) genetically manipulated his own unborn daughter to create the first superhuman; her mother (Charlotte Rampling), now the head of a New Age religious cult, plans to present the girl as the new Messiah. Unfortunately, a ‘Matrix’-style shoot-out offers a glib, violent solution to what is otherwise an intriguing emotional conflict.

Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday August 29 2008
Duration: 90 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Screenwriter: Eric Besnard, Mathieu Kassovitz
Cast: Vin Diesel
Michelle Yeoh
Mélanie Thierry
Gérard Depardieu
Charlotte Rampling
Lambert Wilson