District B13 [Blu-ray]
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District B13: Paris, 2010. An isolation wall surrounds the ghetto cities of District B13. Within these walls, without effective law enforcement, gang rule is absolute. Damien is a member of an elite police squadron, highly trained in martial arts. He goes undercover to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb and save District B13 from annihilation. Damien recruits the help of a criminal named Leito - whose only goal is to save his sister from the clutches of the same gang.
For eye-popping kinetic thrills, District B13 tops the class. In the near future, the worst ghettos of Paris have been walled in and left to rot. When a neutron bomb gets stolen by a criminal kingpin in seedy District B13, Damien--a cop who specializes in deep cover assignments (Cyril Raffaelli, a stuntman turned actor)--has to team up with Leito (David Belle), who grew up in the district and has his own reason for going back: the kingpin kidnapped his sister (tough yet adorable gamine Dany Verissimo). The plot takes a few preposterous turns, but it's beside the point--every turn serves only to maintain the relentless flow of sheer physical prowess. Belle is one of the inventors of a sport called parkour, which treats a city's architecture like an obstacle course; while running from gun-toting thugs, Leito leaps, bounds, and scrambles up and down buildings with astonishing grace. The fight sequences are just as down-to-earth yet over-the-top as Damien whirls, kicks, and crunches through armies of bad guys. Just as important is the tongue-in-cheek tone that never turns smirky; the movie doesn't take itself seriously, but doesn't mock itself or its basic cinematic pleasures. Anyone looking for a break from the overbearing CGI and self-important pomp of Hollywood action movies should watch District B13. --Bret Fetzer
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To make a not-so-long story shorter: Do-gooding ghetto dweller (Leïto/David Belle) becomes a thorn in the side of the local gang lord (Taha/Bibi Naceri), and ends up thrown in jail because the cops are corrupt. Fast forward six months, and do-gooding cop (Damien/Cyril Raffaelli) needs an escort through the hazardous B13 to recover a stolen nuclear missle. Leïto initially prefers Damien drop dead, but reluctantly teams up with him to rescue Leïto's sister Lola who was taken by Taha six months before.
Again, the plot is not the draw here; it's the action sequences that take center stage. To their credit, Bibi Naceri does an entertaining turn as the big baddie, there's ample comic relief from Tony D'Amario (who sadly passed away in 2005) as henchman #1, "K2," and Raffaelli and Belle accomplish a passable level of acting that took other action stars, for example Schwarzenegger, multiple films to achieve.
Now that we've addressed the good, onto the bad: the audio dub on this movie is HORRIBLE (yes, the adjective is deserving of all caps). My preference is for subtitles anyway, but for no reason I can discern, Magnolia closed-captioned the dub instead of *translating* the french. Merde! Also, I couldn't care less about the hideous box cover, but the menus are loud, ugly and difficult to navigate. Silver lining? At least they properly subtitled the hour long making-of bonus feature.
Should Magnolia release the 2009 sequel, I'm hoping that they scrap the audio dub altogether for a proper subtitling job and give us more extras with Raffaelli and Belle.
PLOT: in the future cities get worse, blah blah blah. The worst section is known as District B13. One of the main characters Leito, is from District B13. He gets sent to prison for killing a man. Later on he tries to save his sister with the conditional help of the other main character (and founder of Parkour) who's using him to help find and defuse a bomb that is supposed to be somewhere in the district. I'm not using names because they're not important.
once again, the ONLY reason to watch this movie is because of the incredible no-wire stunts that they do. some serious don't-try-this-at-home jumps, flips, and fighting. If you've seen Die Hard with a Vengeance, the founder of Parkour is the white-blond haired guy who's jumping around the pipes when Bruce Willis is in the ventilation system. the one that Bruce calls a G-d monkey. This movie is seriously worth watching if you love a good action scene that involves incredible stunt work without the use of wires. think: Jackie Chan on speed, and you might get an idea of what goes on.
Note it is a foreign movie so you must be able to like foreign films which are very different that typical U.S. films.
It is more about action and chase seens than story but I love real stuntwork when I watch a action flick.
If your into fast pace action this movie is for you.
Obviously, the plot isn't that terrific, but you should have already known that going in. I will definitely watch it again some time, as some of these action sequences get better the third or fourth time you watch it, but I'm not itching to do so just yet.
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