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Babylon A.D. uncut in Europe

BabylonAD.jpgThere's good news for European film fans who are to get one over the U.S. audience for a change. This time it's with Vin Diesel's next film Babylon A.D.

It seems that the European audiences are going to receive a longer cut of the film than the U.S. audiences who are going to receive a significantly shorter version.

The word is that the European cut is going to be the complete cut, and the word is that it's currently running at two hours and forty minutes.

The official news is that there will be two versions of the film, one for Europe and one for the U.S. with the U.S. version being significantly shorter. That comes from the MyMarketingSpace site for the film.

Allocine through Twitch and Jo Blo, have the news that this is going to be significant, and give us that huge, almost three hour figure. Now that's one hell of a film.

Mathieu Kassovitz is directing this film about a mercenary who is escorting a woman from Russia to China. He isn't aware that the woman is carrying an organism that a cult want to harvest in order to create a genetically modified messiah.

Now to me that sounds like an excellent story line. It's based on the story by Maurice G. Dantec called Babylon Babies (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) and also stars Michelle Yeoh, Gérard Depardieu, Mark Strong, Charlotte Rampling and Lambert Wilson.

A strong and diverse cast, a great story, and a powerful director who brought us such films as the excellent Les Rivières pourpres (The Crimson Rivers) and Gothika. I have to admit I really am looking forward to this film, and despite what a lot of you might think of Vin Diesel, I think the guy carries a huge on screen attraction, and he can act, it just needs him to be pushed more than he usually is.

The news that there's going to be a couple of cuts of the film is interesting, and if they really are leaving the European one at that length then that's the version I want to see and none other. Lucky I'm in Europe then. What do Americans think about this news though?





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What do I think? That it's complete and utter bullshit. Why on EARTH do the American powers that be feel the need to protect us from imaginative violence, sex, and language? Why can't we see films as they were created, and why must filmmakers be limited because a group of old conservatives think they know better?

If a film is created to be 2 hours and 40 minutes, I want to see all 2 hours and 40 minutes. Not some TV cut that doesn't flow, makes no sense, and is ultimately uninteresting.

Well said Andrew. I think these people could better serve the public by going out and patrolling the streets for drivers jumping red lights or speeding, or people carrying knives and guns, or all manner of real world dangers.

Let the writer/director/editor tell their film story the way they intended. Don't remake it for them and pretend you have an ounce of creativity.

Well, guess I'll have to wait till the dvd/blu-ray comes out with the complete director's cut. I'm not paying $$$ to see a shorten version of the film. That'll also depend on the reception of the european audience. I mean, for all we know, Mathieu Kassovitz's film might be a dud even at the full 2 hrs. 40 minutes.

That's a really good point Buzz, the film might be rubbish either way, or the studio might have it right and their version is better.

It will be a suck it and see approach, and I'm going to see it in the cinema so I'll let everyone know as soon as I've seen it.

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