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District B13 (2004)
"Banlieue 13" (original title)

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Set in the ghettos of Paris in 2010, an undercover cop and ex-thug try to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb.

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Taha Bemamud (as Larbi Naceri)
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In the near future, the worst ghettos of Paris, France are literally walled off and among the worst is District B13. Controlled by the ruthless crime lord, Taha, a young righteous punk named Leïto is determined to bring him down. When the boss retaliates by kidnapping his sister, Lola, a rescue attempt by Leïto is destroyed by betrayal that gets him arrested and Lola kept in the clutches in Taha. Six months later, a crackerjack undercover cop named Damien is given a urgent mission: a neutron bomb has been stolen by Taha in District B13 which has an automatic timer function engaged and set to detonate in less than 24 hours. Now with time running out, Damien and Leïto must work together to find and stop the bomb, but there is far more to this crisis than any of the field players realize. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Rated R for strong violence, some drug content and language | See all certifications »

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10 November 2004 (France)  »

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€12,000,000 (estimated)

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£98,747 (UK) (7 July 2006)

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$1,197,786 (USA) (25 August 2006)
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Several members of the gang in B13 wear American National Football League (NFL) jerseys from the New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, and the New York Jets. The production did not secure permission from the NFL Players Association to display any player's name, thus per the recommendation of the studio's lawyers, the names on the back were digitally removed before the film was released theatrically. See more »

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When Damien attempts to punch in "3" to deactivate the bomb, the layout of the keypad is different than at any other time. See more »

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Title Card: Paris, 2010 / As crime spirals out of control, the government constructs a wall around highest risk housing projects.
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The Europacorp logo turns into a writing on a stone wall at the beginning of the movie. See more »

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Hip-Hop Kidnapping Bombe
Written by Fred Dudouet, Franck Mantegari and Ismaïla Diop
Performed by Fred Dudouet, Franck Mantegari and Ismaïla Diop
©2004 EuropaCorp / EMI Music Publishing France
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This film takes everything that has been learned in the last 100 years about how to make an action movie and distills it into a perfect 85 minutes.

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There are hardly any extraneous elements, few scenes that don't make sense, no characters that do something really stupid when they should have known better. Every loose end is wrapped up in a very satisfying way. And there's even meaningful social commentary. All (though I said it before) in 85 minutes.

Why do other action movies drag on for two or even three hours and have long slow spots? Why do other action movies have plot holes big enough to walk through? Why do some of them lack drama, get silly and end up feeling like a waste of time? Why can't they all be as taut and tightly written as this one?

Because it's hard. It's hard to reach this level of perfection. It's hard to make a movie in which every scene counts. It's hard to get the plot, the acting, the action and the emotions right.

It's so hard it took 100 years. But here it is. Don't miss it.


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