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Movie Review for District B13

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kit said on February 12th, 2007 at 7:38 pm :

a) very pretty site; many points for nice design.

b) i’ve been wanting to watch B13; where did you get ahold of it? and when i get back, we *are* watching it.

Jan 12, 2007 | Movie Review for District B13


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Movie Review for District B13

Director: Pierre Morel
Featuring: Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle, Tony D’Amario
Rated: R
Runtime: 85 min

An eerie reminder to the audience about the 2005 riots in France, District B13 is a well-crafted action packed movie set in Paris of 2010 about a young righteous punk named Leïto who, in an attempt to bring down the local crimelord Taha, suffers the abduction of his sister and is unable to act due to corrupt police officers. The neighborhood in which he lives has been walled off as a high-risk area. Enter Damien, a tough and honest cop who needs to defuse a neutron bomb that has been hijacked within the perimeter, which threatens to destroy the entire city. Taha needs to rescue his sister, Damien needs to get to the bomb. The unlikely two need to work things out really fast.

Combined with the awesome street-gymnastics of parkour (performed by its founder, David Belle) and a plot that never ceases to surprise, this film drops not-so-subtle hints about the political situation that surrounded the use of police force in the suburbs during the riots of 2005. With Luc Besson at its helm, the movie (which entered development long before the riots and could not have come at a more timely moment) is a constant battle between right and wrong, as well as a discovery of otherwise. A good chunk of solid unexcusable violence, but if that’s tolerable, it’s a good foray into a terrifying (but only terrifying because it could be, if not somewhat absurdly, possible) world.

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