Friday, February 5, 2010
District 13: Ultimatum (Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum)
Even most people around the globe are still dealing with the bitter cold winter, the action packed electrifying film "District 13: Ultimatum" (Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum | Frence 2009 | in French | 101 min.) sizzles the big screens like a hot summer blockbuster, and in French! This is an exhilarating and entertaining gem in the action genre.
The film is set in the near future (2013) in District 13 of Paris, where two million people live in a slum filled with crime, drug, and thugs. This war zone consists five gangs—Arabic, black, Chinese, gypsy, and skinhead. Of course, none of them is friend with the police. The corrupted security chief Walter Gassman (Daniel Duval) wants to drive these people out of the district and redevelop the land. He frames the superman alike elite police officer Damien Tomasso (Cyril Raffaelli) to clear his way for his conspiracy. Damien miraculously escapes the jail with the help from his pal Leïto (David Belle). The duet unites the five gangs and fight back with the government's unjust force.
The film impressively opens with a sequence of images like in a video game. It sets up the story without saying a word, but with energetic soundtrack. However, when those characters do speak, often they are humorous and thought provoking. Even the plot is little stretchy at times, the film is captivating throughout. The fantastic choreography of martial art flawlessly blends in the story, and it is not just for the sake of showing off.
Although "District 13: Ultimatum" is a sequel to the action film "District 13" (Banlieue 13 | France 2004), it is not necessary to see "District 13" before hand in order to enjoy the energy and excitement in "District 13: Ultimatum." Cyril Raffaelli and David Belle will blow you mind away, among other things.
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Hi 'YNOT TONY',
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