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With bone crunching fights and death defying leaps, this adrenaline charged follow-up takes the groundbreaking parkour action from DISTRICT B13 to thrilling new heights. (Fangoria)
Two years have passed since elite police officer Damien Tomasso (Cyril Raffaelli) teamed up with reformed vigilante Leito (David Belle) to save the notorious District 13, a racially charged ghetto populated by violent drug dealing gangs and vicious killers. Despite government promises to maintain order, the state of the district has deteriorated. A group of corrupt cops and elected officials conspire to cash in on the redevelopment of the district by proposing its destruction under nuclear air strike. Damian and Leito must join forces again, using their martial arts and unique physical skills, to bring peace to the neighborhood by any means necessary.

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Get ready to chase across rooftops, shatter plate-glass windows, and vanquish the enemy with a priceless van Gogh canvas (explanation forthcoming): the agile battlers from District B13 (a.k.a. Banlieue 13) are back. As played by David Belle (one of the inventors of the building-hopping practice called parkour) and Cyril Raffaelli, the two expert head-knockers from the first film return to fight yet another serious threat against the walled-off neighborhood in a slightly futuristic Paris. This time some corrupt government officials have a devious plot to raze the slum and funnel the rebuilding contracts to their payoff-happy corporate pals at Harriburton (a name that bears absolutely no resemblance to any real-life corporate behemoth). Wisely delaying the reunion of our heroes, the movie opens with Raffaelli's epic throw-down against a gang of desperadoes, which he executes while wielding the van Gogh painting as a shield/weapon. Nice. Then Belle gets onstage for a typically graceful parkour workout across various buildings. This action, especially in its overblown, belief-defying later stages, has more than its share of fromage, but isn't that what we expect from writer-producer Luc Besson? Ultimatum isn't as sleek and effective as the first movie, but it has enough deft action and buddy-picture one-liners to justify its existence--and Belle and Raffaelli bristle with real movie-star appeal, especially when doing their Butch-and-Sundance routine. The ending suggests another sequel will need to have a very different setting, but that might not be such a bad thing. --Robert Horton

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  • Actors: Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle, Philippe Torreton, Daniel Duval, Elodie Yung
  • Directors: Patrick Alessandrin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00369ERCY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,200 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "District 13: Ultimatum" on IMDb

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 21, 2010
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In watching DISTRICT 13: ULTIMATUM, you're subjected to the tired political subtext and also the sometimes ridiculous plot. Writer/producer Luc Besson, historically, hasn't sold heaps of movie tickets by virtue of his having been the voice of social conscience, and his attempts here are awkward. Doesn't matter, though. The first movie rocked it. This sequel rocks it equally. The two stars, David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli, are back for another bone-bruising round of no-wires, no-CG stunts and fight scenes. "C'est magnifique!" and also "Le chat est sur le tableau." And that's my French.

Three years after what went down in the first film, and the government has changed hands, and yet things remain the same. That barbed wall still stands tall and menacing, still isolates the lawless territory known as District 13 from the more civilized parts of Paris. In the dystopian near future of 2016, an uneasy sort of peace exists between law enforcement and the ruling gangs of District 13. But now corrupt cops are intent on stirring things up, on enticing riots, the end game being the razing of these bleak tenements and thus raking in the resulting rewards of suddenly available real estate.

When Leito (Belle), District 13's well-meaning rogue, ends up with evidence incriminating the police, it's only a matter of time before he joins forces again with his old friend Damien Tomasso, the formidable and baldy-domed Army Captain assigned to the police Special Forces. On his end, Damien (Raffaelli) has found himself framed and locked up by his fellow police officers. This tends to happen when you're an honest cop. Leito springs Damien, and away they go, striving to save the barricaded slums and their unsavory populace from extinction.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Szarka on July 25, 2010
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The first District 13 was so much better. The dubbing was amazing and the action was hardcore. The movie just flew right through and before you knew it, the film as over.

This one had real bad dubbing and just wasn't as exciting as the first. I enjoyed it but not enough to rush out and buy it.The action was still good but the feel of the movie was just not there this time.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 7, 2010
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For those of us who unfortunately have not seen the original BANLIEUE 13 - aka DISTRICT 13 - (made in 2004 with the same crew except for the director - Pierre Morel), some of the background information that usually follows in a sequel is missing and according to many, the sequel here BANLIEUE 13:ULTIMATUM - aka DISTRICT 13: ULTIMATUM is not as strong a film. And perhaps that allows the viewer to appreciate fine French film making without the comparison!

Luc Besson (of the Trasnporter series et al) wrote this script (or rather, this plan of choreography, as there is not a lot of spoken dialogue in this fast-paced thriller) and Patrick Allessandrin directs a story of a region of Paris (District 13) that is cordoned off the rest of Paris by a group of five warlords who manage to control the drug ridden violent region. Basically the tale is that of two men - Captain Damien Tomaso (Cyril Raffaelli) and undercover cop of the 'good' police and Leïto (David Belle), an ex-thug who in the previous film infiltrated a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb. That was supposedly in 2010. The film opens some years later when District 13 is now in control of power over the government and the 'bad police' are attempting to destroy the area and rebuild according to their greedy plans. The action is the story and the action is immensely exciting! David Belle invented a discipline known as Parkour, which consists of moving quickly and efficiently in any environment, using only the abilities of the human body, and though his acting credits are minimal, he is stupefying in his live action role. Belle and Raffaelli are the reasons to watch this thriller as their screen chemistry is magnetic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By monaone on January 3, 2012
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I know some people think that French movies are-- well, boring and unremarkable.
But THIS is a movie about fighting, kicking ass, and beautiful women fighting and kicking ass.
Eat that.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Octo66 on March 2, 2010
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District B13 Ultimatum is not as good as the original, true, but still has an interesting plot and great action.
Same two stars are back, and this time do a little more fighting, and a little less parcour. If you didn't see District B13 (first one), you should. It is a five star movie. If you loved the first one, be warned this one isn't as good, then get it anyway and enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Big Bank Frank on March 18, 2012
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omg this movie is bad ass!! you almost forget its entirely in french its, Le Bad Asss!!! you need to watch this yes you =D
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By X. Li on May 5, 2010
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Both plot/story and emotional impact are much weaker than the original one. Pretty disappointed about this lame sequel, except the stunning performance of a stylish and sexy gang leader "Tao" who is new to the original cast.

For those who haven't seen the original District B13, it's a masterpiece of action/fight films you got to watch - simply breathless and spectacular!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mantis on June 1, 2012
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While the original "District B13" (2004) was not exactly intelligent and had some serious flaws in the action department (yep, editing) it was enjoyable enough that I looked forward to this sequel. While it's not awful, "D13: Ultimatum" (Where's the "B"?) captures the same stupidity with increased style and a decrease in substance and enthusiasm. Oh, and unfortunately, less Lola (Dany Verissimo-Petit), too.

3 years after the first film, the quarantined Paris neighborhood known as D13 is pretty much the same, despite the political agreement that earmarked the ghetto for financial and occupational resurrection. D13's local boyscout, Leito (David Belle, "Babylon A.D."), spends his time blowing holes in the wall that separates them from the rest of the city, hoping to expedite the process of legally taking it down. Meanwhile super-cop Damien (Cyril Raffaelli, "Kiss of the Dragon") is resting easy after taking down a drug-kingpin when he's suddenly arrested on narcotics possession charges. Before he can call Leito to casually request assistance with his jail-break, Leito inadvertantly discovers the same scheme (via crooked cops) to destroy/re-build D13 that incarcerated Damien to begin with. Can Leito break him out of the clink in time to save their beloved slum?

In the first film, the Parkour scenes looked excellent while the fist-fights were horribly choppy. The first 45 minutes of this one looked to reverse those two action elements with slightly better fights and much worse Parkour. That is until the fights gradually sink even lower than those of the 1st flick. As dumb as the early fight that Damien has while holding a priceless Van Gogh painting is, it's decent, with a couple of "whoa!" moments scattered throughout its duration.
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