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Part buddy-buddy movie features crime-fighting Damian (stunt-turned actor Cyril Raffaelli, `Kiss of the Dragon') and ex-thug Leito (David Belle), both of whom have to join forces to accomplish the missions of their own. Not much is original, I admit, as far as the script by Luc Besson and Bibi Naceri (the latter also appears as the mobster) is concerned, but we are not watching this film for the story, and you should know it.
[EYE-POPPING STUNTS] The film will grab your attention from the opening section, where Leito runs away from the thugs sent from the gangster. For incredibly agile David Belle, jumping on the rooftops from one building to the other (like Jackie Chan in `Rumbles in Bronx') is not enough. Before doing these breath-taking stunts, he actually climbs down on the wall of the building, jumping from a balcony to the one below. And that's only the beginning of the eye-popping action sequences, in which like Buster Keaton he keeps running inside and outside of the buildings, and his rhythmical movements are often so beautiful that you might forget that he is really doing a death-defying actions.Read more ›
The star actors are athletes displaying their abilities in the newest sport called, Parkour. It is a type of hybrid form of running and jumping in urban settings, inspired by the martial arts. All stunts were performed by the principal actors, themselves.
The English dub track is intended for a British audience, but that is not too distracting. Cool music soundtrack that adds to the suspense.
I bought this because I could not rent it. Glad I bought it. Worth the $30 or so.
In addition to the eye-popping parkour, this movie is also a very interesting look into contemporary French politics and urban culture. France has its own social problems regarding racism, classism, and the condition of the ghettos just bordering Paris proper (the riots that took place in these housing projects in the Summer of 2005 could have been taken directly from B13's script).
The storyline is mostly about a detective who finds himself on the inside of the ghetto gang wars, only to find that the government has a secret plot to blow up the ghettos. He and David Belle go through a series of instances where they learn to trust one another and find the true villains behind the problems in B13. David Belle plays the good guy. He's a local who enjoys a more or less nuetral role due to his level-headedness (save for when his sexy lilttle sister gets kidnapped, catapulting him into the thick of the ghetto underworld). He's a convincing and exciting actor who feels totally natural in this role. His physique and athleticism will provide many points of pleasure for those inclined to observe such things.
Keywords for this film include: french hiphop, gangs, street fashion, parkour, underworld, drugs, pimped rides, sex, violence, corruption, politics, underworld, hiphop, urban, class warfare, terrorism, France, ghetto, arab, black, white, racism, free running
However, this Blu-ray release is extremely questionable because the only form of subtitles on this French film are closed captions for the hearing impared, which contain unintentionally hillarious descriptions of every sound effect and physical action in the movie in addition to a translation of the dialogue. This is doubtlessly helpful for customers who are hearing impared and should be included, but should not be the only option available because it gets fairly annoying very quickly for viewers who don't need that kind of description. Because the limited theatrical release featured a perfectly normal subtitle track, its exclusion here is both puzzling and highly bothrsome.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dvd in okay shape but the case was so broken I can't even use it. But the movie is what matters, so oh well.Published 1 month ago by Tiffany
It's a great movie, I've seen it before. Just make sure if you want the English version you get that one and not English subtitled like I accidentally did here. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sam Smith
A lot of action. Violence against the bad guys but not a lot of gore. Kept me glued to the tele. I feel it may have been a little short.Published 9 months ago by A. Ventura
For those who enjoy the Bandes Dessines, a lot of fun, very well done. The sequel, unfortunately, is just a re-hash of this film.Published 10 months ago by marus1