District B13 (Blu-ray) (2006)
|Paris, 2010. An isolation wall surrounds the ghetto cities. Without effective law enforcement, within these walls, gang rule is absolute.|
Damien is a member of an elite police squadron, a special unit highly trained in martial arts and the precise physical skills necessary to navigate the treacherous urban landscape of Paris' future. He is now tasked with the most vital and dangerous mission of his career: to retrieve a loose nuke stolen by the most powerful gang of District B13.
Leito, a vigilante criminal whose only goal is to save his sister from the clutches of the same gang, knows District B13 like the back of his hand.
Assigned to infiltrate the sector to defuse the bomb, Damien must convince Leito to join his cause. Yet everything is not quite as it seems. Who exactly works for whom? Who is really pulling the strings? Above all, who profits from the use of this bomb?
"The year's most potent adrenaline rush. Jason Lynch, People
"Funny, stylish, and filmed at a pace that would make Jackie Chan pant... Jim Svejda, KNX/CBS Radio
"Blows past you like a hurricane! Kurt Loder, MTV
"...breathless stylishness, superb editing, extraordinarily graceful - a sublime action film. Richard Schickel, Time Magazine
Editor's NoteBoth of the leads in the French action flick DISTRICT B13 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 B13, 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. The screenplay (written by Luc Besson, director of LA FEMME NIKITA) and the blunt political critique are a bit heavy-handed, but obviously that's beside the point. Lovers of action flicks could ignore the English subtitles completely and still relish the hyperkinetic beauty of the whip-quick combat.
District B13 - DVD Review
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Published on: 9/13/2006 10:58 PM
|What's even more impressive is that 90% of the acrobatics were performed without the aid of wires, CGI, or any other special effects, adding a bone-crunching element of realism to some astonishing chop-socky moments. Mix in a thumping techno soundtrack and you've got yourself an eye-popping, pulse-pounding adrenaline fest timing in at a brisk 85 minutes. ...read the full review|
|Bastide Donny, et. al. - Original Music By|
|Bernard Grenet - Executive Producer|
|Bibi Naceri - Writer|
|Frederic Thoraval - Editor|
|Luc Besson - Producer|
|Luc Besson - Writer|
|Manuel Teran - Cinematographer|
|Pierre Morel - Director|
|Stephanie Gaurier - Editor|