Tuesday, 27 January 2015

District 13 (2004)

Title - District 13

Year of release - 2004

Genre - Action/Thriller

Length - 1 hour 24 minutes

Rating - 15

Director - Pierre Morel

Writer(s) - Luc Besson and Bibi Naceri

Who is in it? - David Belle as Leito, Cyril Raffaeli as Capt Damien Tomaso, Dany Verissimo-Petit as Lola, Tony D'Amario as K2 and Samir Guesimi as Jamel to name a few.

What's it about? - District 13 (Banliue 13) is a French film by director Pierre Morel. Set in the segregated slums of Paris in the not so distant future District 13B has been declared the most crime ridden and infested of all. Leito a bit of a thug himself is brought into a crisis when his sister Lola is kidnapped by a ruthless crime boss. Leito does everything he can to get his sister back but does not foresee himself being arrested in a deep story of betrayal.

We flash forward six months and Leito is paired with undercover cop Damien as news of a stolen neutron bomb hits B13. Together these two must work together to ensure the bomb does not go off. They fight of the crime bosses and their gangs to reach the bomb in time. However, when Damien receives the deactivation code, Leito quickly sees that the code references the District and that date. This prompts Leito to stop Damien from entering the code, the clock reaches zero........................................................the bomb does not go off. Leito was right.

The French government are now seen as responsible for the bomb being taken to B13 and installed ready to be triggered by the deactivation code. The bomb is taken to the government and a senior member is taped confessing to the plans to destroy B13. This tape is broadcast immediately and B13 becomes a slightly better place to live.

Is it any good? - To me this films was simply outstanding. Action films full of the art of parkour will keep you gripping onto your seat as you cheer on Leito and Damien in their mission.

Why should I watch it? - Plenty of fights, chases and a decent soundtrack is enough to keep you entertained all the way through. This film is very highly recommended.

How do you rate it overall? -10/10

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