Nobody Knows Anything: Episode Four

26 August, 2008

I’m still amazed that the same man who could make a masterpiece like La Haine could be reduced to garbage like Gothika and, coming soon to theatres, Babylon A.D. I came across this article today and I suppose it sheds some light as to why he wanted to make the film in the first place:

The film, starring Vin Diesel, is an adaptation of the French novel Babylon Babies by Maurice Georges Dantec. It tells the story of a mercenary (Diesel) in the year 2019 who is hired to transport a woman and her guardian from Eastern Europe to New York. “The scope of the original book was quite amazing,” says Kassovitz. “The author was very much into geopolitics and how the world is going to evolve. He saw that as wars evolve, it won’t be just about territories any more, but money-driven politics. As a director it’s something that’s very attractive to do.”

But according to Kassovitz, Babylon A.D. fails to deliver any of these messages. “It’s pure violence and stupidity,” he admits. “The movie is supposed to teach us that the education of our children will mean the future of our planet. All the action scenes had a goal: They were supposed to be driven by either a metaphysical point of view or experience for the characters… instead parts of the movie are like a bad episode of 24.”

Ok fair enough, I can accept that. But it does beg the question, why did he go to 20th Century Fox in the first place? Did he really expect them to leave him the hell alone? It also makes me wonder who had the bright idea of casting a hack like Vin Diesel in a film like this, Kassovitz or the producers. If it was Kassovitz, I have no sympathy at all.


P.S. If you haven’t already, please see La Haine. It’s available now via The Criterion Collection so you have no excuse. It’s an amazing, amazing film.


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