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Running Time:
1 hour, 25 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for strong violence, some drug content and language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A dizzying non-stop thrill ride through Paris in 2010.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: The making of District B13; Extended fight scene; Outtakes

District B13
The film takes place in Paris's District 13, a slum so violent that in 2010 it's been walled off from the rest of the city with the police pulling out to just let the riffraff kill each other. But there is one guy who's willing to fight for what's right: Leito (David Belle) has intercepted a suitcase full of heroin and is destroying it. This displeases gangster Taha (Bibi Naceri), so he sends henchman K2 (Tony D'Amario) to stop him. There's a big fight, Taha and K2 decide to kidnap Leito's sister Lola (Dany Verissimo), and there's another big fight and Leito is sent to prison. The film then skips six months when Damien (Cyril Raffaelli), a crack undercover cop is sent into the district to retrieve a weapon of mass destruction that has been stolen by the most powerful gang of District B13, with the prisoner Leito as his guide. This mismatched pair of tough-guys venture into the urban badlands, using a combination of violence and quick-thinking to stay alive.

There's hardly ever a moment to catch your breath as layer-upon-layer of dazzling, inventive action sequences and choppy visuals are piled on by first-time director Pierre Morel. From the early breathless chase with thugs chasing Leito down the sides of an apartment block to Damien's one-man-army battling hundreds of gangsters at an illegal gambling den, the fight-scenes are fast, funny and effortlessly thrilling. Raffaelli and Belle with their electric fight skills are up there with the very best martial-arts stars.

Style over substance isn't exactly something new to a movie associated with producer Luc Besson ("The Big Blue" and "Nikita") and at less than 90 minutes this thriller is clever enough not to outstay its welcome and despite its rather dumb script, it never gets boring.

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