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BABYLON A.D. [Additional material,Theatrical version]

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BABYLON A.D. [Additional material,Theatrical version]

Type of media Video

Approved Running time 86m 30s

Ratings Info Contains infrequent strong language and moderate violence

Director(s) Mathieu Kassovitz

Cast includes Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Melanie Thierry, Gerard Depardieu, Charlotte Rampling, Lambert Wilson, Mark Strong, Jerome Le Banner

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Video release suitable for 12 years and over icon12

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 19/11/2008

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

BABYLON A.D. is an adaptation of Maurice G. Dantec's science fiction novel ‘Babylon Babies’. It is set in a post apocalyptic society and tells the story of Toorop; a veteran soldier turned mercenary who is hired to transport a young girl from Russia to Canada. The BBFC passed the film ‘12’ for infrequent strong language and moderate violence. The film contains one clear use of strong language that is directed from lead character Toorop to the female character of Rebecca; however, its use has no sexual connotations and forms the role of establishing the two opposing characters. This is in keeping with the BBFC’s current ‘12’ Guidelines which state that ‘the use of strong language must be infrequent’. The film also contains frequent use of moderate language – including ‘bitch’, ‘shit’ and ‘arse’. The moderate violence featured is of the standard action movie fare and includes explosions, impressionistic fight scenes and gun battles. There are occasional bloody moments including a brutal cage fight between Toorop and a vicious gladiator and another scene which features a slow-motion bullet entering the body of Rebecca. These moments in the film are infrequent and do not linger on bloody injuries. Their inclusion is largely mitigated by the fantastical science-fiction context and well contained within the current '12' Guidelines which allow for ‘occasional gory moments only.’


Title Information
Additional material,Theatrical version
Also known as
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.
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Submitted run time
86m 30s
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Rating information

The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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