District B13 (Banlieue 13)
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A nuclear weapon has been stolen by the most powerful gang in Paris' treacherous, walled-in ghetto, and it's up to a determined cop and a vigilante criminal in search of his sister to infiltrate the sector, save the girl, and get the bomb out of the bad guys' hands in an action-packed tale produced by Luc Besson and directed by cinematographer Pierre Morel. The year is 2010, and a massive wall has been erected to keep the violence of the Paris ghetto confined to District B13. Within these walls, gangs rules the streets and law enforcement is powerless. This time the gangs have gone… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A message-based actioner that's fast, dumb fun."
‑ Lisa Nesselson, Variety
"District B13 doesn't waste time with fake personality clashes. Both lead actors are amazingly fluid athletes, and during the many getaway and shoot-'em-up sequences, there is a minimum of special effects or wire choreography."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"When Belle is in motion, the movie excels."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"the most memorable parts of District 13 actually precede the unfolding of its main plot, which, much like the thermonuclear device on which it is premised, is never allowed to fulfill its explosive promise."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"O roteiro quase inexistente é uma mera desculpa para que o filme apresente ao espectador diversas seqüências de ação absolutamente sensacionais criadas a partir do parkour."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"I was delighted by the balletic and acrobatic stunts, some of which evoke Tarzan."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The typically moronic plot simply gets in the way of what might have been a super-ambitious sneaker commercial."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"This action film from Luc Besson's B-movie factory is one of his best."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Both smart and direct, District B13 is the kind of lean, mean action film most of America's working directors only wish they could pull off."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"There's something refreshing about an action film that actually gives a damn about more than explosions."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"As 85-minute testosterone binges go, you could do a whole lot worse."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Real-life events have overtaken District B13, and they give this feverish, yet oddly flat French action adventure a whiff of substance to go along with its spectacular stunts."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Comes off more like a theme park show than an actual film, it's there to deliver stunts and never an actual story."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Nifty action flick influenced by Hong Kong cinema that includes a critique of French racism against immigrant community."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Genre fans will get a kick from the martial-arts action, and that's all District B13 needs to do."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (cleveland.com)
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