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A Film by Mathieu Kassovitz.
|It is the not-too-distant future. Thousands of satellites scan, observe and monitor our every move. Much of the planet is a war zone, the rest, a collection of wretched way stations, teeming megalopolises, and vast wastelands punctuated by areas left radioactive from nuclear meltdowns.|
"...well acted, briskly paced and consistently clear... Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide
"...one of the most thoughtfully designed post-apocalypse futures put on film in years. Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
Editor's NoteIn sci-fi thriller BABYLON A.D., Vin Diesel's Toorop is an antihero who quotes the best of cinema's bad boys from films such as THE GODFATHER and SCARFACE. But all the tattooed muscleman really wants to do is leave poverty- and violence-ridden Russia and return to his family's home in upstate New York. However, he has been banned from his native America, so when a Russian mobster (a prosthetic-enhanced Gérard Depardieu) offers him a job and a forged passport that will take him back home, he agrees, even though the mission seems close to suicide. He takes a strangely gifted orphan named Aurora (Melanie Thierry) from a Mongolian convent to Harlem, his only help being a nun--though it is a nun played by action star Michelle Yeoh. Thugs attack them on every leg of their journey, following them as they take car, train, sub, and snowmobile to ensure Aurora's safety.BABYLON A.D works best when it's revealing facets of its futuristic world, from the refugee-camp look of Russia to the high-tech gloss of a 22-million-people-strong New York City. Production designers Sonja Klaus and Paul Cross, as well as director Mathieu Kassovitz (GOTHIKA), deserve praise for creating settings that evoke memories of dystopian films from BLADE RUNNER to CHILDREN OF MEN. Kassovitz, who is most familiar to audiences as the object of affection in AMELIE, also adapted the script from the Maurice G. Dantec novel BABYLON BABIES with Eric Besnard. The book weighed in at over 500 pages, so there are times when it feels like something is missing in BABYLON A.D. with its brief 90-minute run time. In small roles, Depardieu and French favorite Charlotte Rampling (who plays a mysterious religious leader) provide substance and gravitas.
Cast & Crew
|Jerome Le Banner|
|Thierry Arbogast - Director of Photography|
|The RZA - Music|
|Shavo Odadjian - Music|
|Ilan Goldman - Producer|
|Avram Butch Kaplan - Executive Producer|
|Atli Orvarsson - Composer|
|Maurice G. Dantec - Source Writer|
|Benjamin Weill - Editor|
|Mathieu Kassovitz - Screenwriter|
|Eric Besnard - Screenwriter|
|Sonja Klaus - Production Designer|
|Paul Cross - Production Designer|
|David Valdes - Executive Producer|
|Mathieu Kassovitz - Director|