District 13 (DVD)

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District 13 (DVD)

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Both of the leads in the French action flick DISTRICT 13 practice parkour, a kind of urban gymnastics that looks a little like skateboarding without t...

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ProFast paced, incredible stunts & Le Parkour action

ConsActing not that great

Luc Besson, director of such classics as Leon, Nikita & Subway, has, of late, been concentrating on writing and producing out and out action films. Taxi, Taxi 2, Transporter 1 & 2 and Jet Li's Kiss of The Dragon all coming from his pen and producing skills in the last 5 years or so. All these...

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“My Kind of Place”

published 30/12/2006

ProGreat parkour and stunts, directed with verve

ConsPlot holes a-go-go, limited acting ability and non...

In the near future, parts of Paris are so riddled with crime that they have become no-go areas. The worst amongst them is District 13, where the situation is so bad the government has built a wall around it in an attempt to keep the bad guys contained. But when a bomb that could level the whole...

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“Keep on running........”

published 12/02/2011

ProExhilarating; action scenes, music and direction

ConsThe occasional bit of wooden acting; shallow plot

Although I love the never ending supply of films that the English speaking world throws out on a daily basis, I do love watching the occasional foreign language film. Korean films are particularly good on the whole, or at those that seem to make it onto our channels seem to be. There are also...

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“Unluky for some!”

published 31/01/2012

ProGreat fun and a suprise hit

ConsSilly

Certificate – 15 Run time – 84 minutes French – Foreign language Genre – action comedy Year – 2004 ----------------- According to some questionable websites a large majority of Frances prisoners are Muslim, be it French born Arabs and Africans or just plain immigrants, all ethnic groups over...

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Super

ProExcellent action sequences

ConsA little short

District 13 is a French film which has had such success it has been released (dubbed or with subtitles) on the English market where it is quickly aquiring cult status. The premise of the film is a reasonably standard one. Set in the near future (2010) urban areas have become so bad they have been...

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“fast paced”

published 03/05/2011

Proexciting

Consstill a bt daft

District 13 (Banlieue 13) Parisian ghetto District 13 houses the most feared criminals and undesirable citizens. Taha (Larbi Naceri) and his top henchman K2 (Tony D’Amario) control everything. And when Leito (David Belle) starts dealing drugs in Taha’s territory Taha cuts a deal with the cops...

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Excellent

ProJust a brilliant film

ConsSubtitles

In my opinion this film is one of the best action films out there at the moment. It has a great story line about a French district that has been shut off from the rest of the world and crime reigns. The free-running is awesome in the film and the actors are perfectly cast. There are 2 options...

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Both of the leads in the French action flick DISTRICT 13 practice parkour, a kind of urban gymnastics that looks a little like skateboarding without the skateboard, and the pleasure of this short frenetic film is watching the two lithe heroes leap through windows, run up walls, and jump off buildings. Like Jackie Chan, Cyril Raffaelli, and David Belle, both stuntmen-turned-leading-men perform their own acrobatic martial arts sans special effects or invisible wires, and the lo-fi fight sequences pack a gritty punch that is often missing in slick Hollywood fare. The plot involves a futuristic France where the worst ghettos have been walled off from the rest of society, their schools shut down, and the police force evacuated. The people in power simply want to ignore the plight of the disenfranchised, but this becomes difficult to do when the most notorious gang, led by the wild-eyed Taha (Bibi Naceri), gets its hands on a nuclear warhead and proceeds to demand a 20-million-Euro ransom, with the city of Paris as its hostage. Enter Damien (Raffaelli), a one-man police strike force, who has 24 hours to disarm the missile. To help him navigate the war zone of District 13, he springs a vigilante antihero, Leito (Belle), from jail. Leito has personal reasons for taking down the crime lord: Taha has turned Leito's adolescent sister into his junkie pet. As the ultra-athletic duo go up against Taha's gangster army, they repeatedly (and conveniently) lose their guns, and are forced to improvise, thrashing goons with steering wheels, cinder blocks, and their foreheads. Lovers of action flicks could ignore the English subtitles completely and still relish the hyperkinetic beauty of the whip-quick combat.

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