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Friday, August 04, 2006

Banlieue 13 (District B13)

District B13 ended up being your standard action movie - the plot is nothing to get excited about, but the fight/chase scenes will get your adrenaline pumping. The story centers around a Parisian ghetto in the year 2010 that has become overrun with gangsters and drug dealers. Damien (Cyril Raffaelli), a police officer, and Leito (David Belle), a resident of the barrio, have to recover a neutron bomb and rescue Leito's sister from the area's drug lord. The plot basically exists to string together the various scenes exhibiting the "parkour" skills of the two co-stars. According to Wikipedia, parkour is "a physical discipline of French origin in which participants attempt to pass obstacles in the fastest and most direct manner possible, using skills such as jumping, vaulting and climbing, or the more specific parkour moves". These moments definitely made the film worth watching, as the physical abilities of these two are absolutely incredible. However, one odd aspect is that the best parkour scenes occur in the beginning of the film rather than the end. This made the conclusion of the film a bit anticlimatic because I expected them to keep upping the ante. I recommend this movie to anyone who wants to see some great action sequences and doesn't mind if the storyline falls short. If you have already watched this movie and enjoyed it, I HIGHLY reccomend seeing Ong-Bak and Tom yum goong, two Thai films that star Tony Jaa, a stuntman turned actor whose abilities exceed any action star that I have ever seen.

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