Babylon AD

Babylon AD

Mathieu Kassovitz (2008)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Despite all its noise and bluster, this big-budget blockbuster is actually a rather slight dystopian sci-fi thriller. Vin Diesel plays Toorop, a bounty hunter with a heart who accepts "one last job". He must escort a young psychic (Mélanie Thierry) and her kung fu nun chaperone (Michelle Yeoh) from a post-nuclear meltdown Russia to the relatively safe haven of a gentrified New York. This flimsy, no-questions-asked pretext provides the excuse for a series of high-kicking, bone-crunching set pieces as opposing outside forces intervene, including a megalomaniacal religious cult run by Charlotte Rampling. There are explosive car chases - including one across the frozen wastes of Alaska on snowmobiles - and some fashionable parkour, but despite moments of flimsy philosophical meditation (not the statuesque Diesel's strong suit), Babylon AD only really works as mindless entertainment.


A mercenary in a post-apocalyptic future accepts a job escorting a mysterious girl and the nun protecting her from Russia to New York. Along the way, she exhibits strange powers that could hold the key to mankind's salvation - but various factions are plotting to put her gifts to their own use. Sci-fi adventure, starring Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Melanie Thierry, Gerard Depardieu and Charlotte Rampling.

Cast & Crew

Toorop Vin Diesel
Sister Rebeka Michelle Yeoh
Aurora Mélanie Thierry
Darquandier Lambert Wilson
Finn Mark Strong
Gorsky Gérard Depardieu
High priestess Charlotte Rampling
Director Mathieu Kassovitz
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 29 Aug 2008