District 13: Ultimatum [DVD]
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French action sequel written and produced by Luc Besson. The death of gang overlord Taha Bemamud (Bibi Naceri) at the end of the first film has left a power vacuum, and a battle for total control of the area is now raging between five rival territorial gang lords, all of whom want to step into Taha's position. David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli reprise their roles as Leito and Damien, who return to the ravaged District 13 on a mission to bring peace to the sector before the Parisian secret services take drastic measures to solve the problem.
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As with the original, this has some amazing, almost balletic stunts
clearly done by the actors themselves, who are in this case two of the
originators and developers of the sport called parkour, which involves
scrambling and leaping around the urban landscape, jumping up and over
cars, out of 2nd floor windows, across rooftops.
In this age of CGI and wire assisted stunts, it's wonderful to watch
real human beings doing amazing, acrobatic things.
I also liked that the film had an interesting element of social satire
which made it smarter and more political than most of the action
blockbusters we get from Hollywood.
That said, sadly it did eventually burn out for me, on both the action
and the plot front. For the first half I thought this would end up one
of my all time favorite action pics. But the story logic gets stretched
further and further, and by the end the clever political set up turns a
bit silly, while some of the action starts to feel a bit repetitive.
Still, I'm glad I saw, and enjoyed it. I just doubt it's a film I'd
buy, or return to again.
BTW: The blu-ray seems to default to the English dubbed version. Big
mistake. Watch this in the original French with subtitles. The
performances are much better.
But, the English dub!? Did they just use some English speaking mates and offer them a tenner? It's really poor all round. Your probably better listening to the French and reading subtitles than the dodgy dub. It sounds like all the voices were performed by 4 college students.
D13: Ultimatum mixes the action movie with the wonder of Parkour, creating an enticing visual spectacle that continuously finds you asking, "How the hell did they do that?" The fight scenes and stunts are quite simply some of the best I have seen, working against an alien Parisian background, the film takes what could be viewed as a potentially normal looking action movie to a whole different level. The action is incredibly well choreographed whether jumping from roof to roof, to fighting with an almost priceless Van Gogh painting which turns from being unpleasant looking work of art to the ultimate weapon.
Story wise it's simplistic story telling, which to someone who does not speak French is possibly not a bad thing. This is not a criticism of the movie but plain straightforward good sense. Thrillers, comedies, and horror movies all work very well in another language with onscreen subtitles, but an action movie does not always have the same effect; lines are often spouted out in quick succession in action movies not always allowing you to enjoy the visual spectacle unfolding on screen. D13 allows you to enjoy the action without bogging you down with unnecessary dialogue.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
disappointing, the cover & trailer are far more exciting than the film actually is.Published 3 months ago by MS
The best sequal. Even better than the first film. Amazing martial arts and parkour. Any fan of David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli needs to watch this film. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gem Nash
A tremendous sequel with great fight sequences and nifty stunt player action. Subtitles did not distract from the storyline or screen content. A really good movie.Published 10 months ago by Henry Richard Howell