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District B13 (2004)

Banlieue 13 (original title)
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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Lola (as Dany Verissimo)
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Jérôme Gadner ...
K2 boy 1
Tarik Boucekhine ...
Grégory Jean ...
Para 2
Warren Zavatta ...
Para 3
Dominique Dorol ...
Cerbère Taha
Ludovic Berthillot ...
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Storyline

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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Welcome to District B13 Welcome to the future

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

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2 June 2006 (USA)  »

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Budget:

€12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,324,693 (France) (19 November 2004)

Gross:

$1,197,786 (USA) (25 August 2006)
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Trivia

At the beginning of the movie, when K2 is looking for Leito and invaded the building, the two guards were watching a Brazilian soap opera called Por Amor, produced between 1997 and 1998. The scene they were watching is one of the most important of all soap opera (the actress Regina Duarte tells the actor Antônio Fagundes that she has changed the babies when they were born). See more »

Goofs

The keypad on the bomb is inconsistent between views. In most close-ups it shows, top to bottom: '1 2 3 a' '4 5 6 b' '7 8 9 0', but when Damien tries to enter the last digit, the key 3 is in the bottom right corner. 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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Crazy Credits

The Europacorp logo turns into a writing on a stone wall at the beginning of the movie. See more »

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Referenced in Parkour in Rome (2012) See more »

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Résistant
Written by Iron Sy and Damien Roques
Performed by Iron Sy
Arranged by Bastide Donny
©2004 EuropaCorp / B.O.S.S.
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A good action flick
14 May 2006 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

What is there to like about this movie? Well, the plot is pretty good, even though I'd have much more trouble suspending my disbelief if it would not have been French. In the wake of all the ruckus in France, this movie feels pretty realistic as a social commentary.

The stunts(Parkour) are amazing. Smooth, fluid motion and crisp, no-bullshit camera-work makes it a real treat to the eye. The fighting scenes are cool too, and they at least partially real(for unreal, watch Hard Target or any other Van Damme movie. For real, watch Heat) and not as repetitive and drawn-out as the usual ones.

The whole ghetto atmosphere works really well. Concrete and poverty works fine as scenery. Dialouge seemed good too from what I got from the subtitles.

What's there to dislike? Well, character development is the same-old. Two different guys team up and saves the day, overcome their differences and live happily ever after. It has been done before, but at least it's done well here.

The music is consistent and fitting, so that's more of a matter of taste.

Otherwise, the movie is pretty much solid. Minor flaws, but on the whole a treat from the moment it starts to the end. Not something you add to the DVD collection, maybe, but certainly worthwhile. -7/10


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