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4.0 out of 5 stars Inside the city walls...
Leto is a true victim of the regime, he has no reason to respect the law or governance of the land. He was not a criminal yet was imprisoned within the district walls when an unruly part of Paris was segregated from the rest of France. Forced to watch his school close and society descend into further chaos, he harbours a distrust of the police who leave the district to...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Style Over Substance, But Visually Impressive
Take a freshman director, add a legend (Luc Besson) and some parkour athletes and let them run riot in a Paris suburb - sounds like a fun proposition? Maybe so, but the fact that it's visually stunning really is the heart of this movie.

Lieto is in trouble, he annoys a gang in the infamous B13 - and in turn finds his sister has been kidnapped. Not only does...
Published on 21 Feb 2010 by DL Productions UK


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4.0 out of 5 stars Inside the city walls..., 6 Feb 2010
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Leto is a true victim of the regime, he has no reason to respect the law or governance of the land. He was not a criminal yet was imprisoned within the district walls when an unruly part of Paris was segregated from the rest of France. Forced to watch his school close and society descend into further chaos, he harbours a distrust of the police who leave the district to fend for itself.

Leto finds himself teamed up with Tomaso - district 'outside' and police officer. There's a clash of personal philosophies when Tomaso makes it clear that he respects the law pretty much above all else. But the two are forced to work together to recover and defuse a bomb which threatens the lives of millions.

District 13 has been widely recognised for its incredible action scenes, and the duo jump across buildings, through windows, and fight their way through the crime ravaged urban jungle in a slickly directed film which looks quite Guy Richie-esque. The visuals are stylish and look very polished in the midst of the run down blocks of flats, it gives us a glimpse into gang culture and corruption. More importantly it tackles the question of how to deal with a broken society, fractured by politics and hidden from view. The ugliness of depraved gang rule seems less sinister when compared to the decisions made by politicians, and that's where the true strength of this film lies. Instead of just being another stylish caper, there's a deeper message about separation within society and brushing the less privileged under the carpet.

In a nutshell: District 13 is always described as a high-octane action film, and the action certainly does impress - but it doesn't overshadow the politics behind the situation. This borders on being nothing but a good action flick, but it is rescued by compelling personal stories and a dark lesson in social engineering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked The Raid, 24 Jan 2014
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I loved this film. Reminiscent of The Raid. Punchy, pacey, action-packed and le parcours aplenty. And there is a good plot and real acting. Looking forward to District 13 Ultimatum.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Style Over Substance, But Visually Impressive, 21 Feb 2010
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Take a freshman director, add a legend (Luc Besson) and some parkour athletes and let them run riot in a Paris suburb - sounds like a fun proposition? Maybe so, but the fact that it's visually stunning really is the heart of this movie.

Lieto is in trouble, he annoys a gang in the infamous B13 - and in turn finds his sister has been kidnapped. Not only does this infuriate him, but he soon finds that the police want him to help them; find the bomb and we'll help you find your sister. It's not the best proposition - but it's better than being in jail.

As I said - this is visually stunning, and really should be judged on this - there is a bearable plot in this, but it's really thin on the ground. Many Luc Besson fans will be annoyed with this, I for one am, I think he can do better than this, but the redeeming factor with this is the fast pace, the parkour and the effects. Really this is just another Transporter type film, except Jason Stathan's character had character - the only one that has any sort of glimmer of hope is K2, and he's even annoying.

This blu-ray doesn't really dazzle, but it does have a decent picture for the format. I was really hoping for a better picture than this, but really I guess this is probably the best we'll get. The sound is good with it's 5.1 mix, but really it should have been more dynamic. The colours are sharp, and the parkour scenes really show the best of the movie's encoding. Really though, this iz average and should have been better on a new movie of this ilk.

There are quite a lot of extras on here, like the making of, a documentary about making the film, which features the big guy from the movie. Pierre Morel talks about the filming of this film, and it's quite interesting. There's also a UK trailer and a French one, though they're not really exciting. There's also some out-takes and an extended scene, really this is what we had on the DVD - and they're not in HD either, which is rather annoying.

For those who don't speak French you can follow this with the English dub, but really I don't suggest it as a lot of the jokes don't translate well into English. I am also glad you can turn off the English subtitles.

Not a bad try from Momentum and Eurocorp - but this should have been a lot more than it is.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent French martial art movie, 7 May 2012
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Well the French themselves developed a few martial arts, the new one deals with movement to circumvent obstacles. Anyways I remember watching D13 a while back and would have given it 5 stars, now years have mellowed it. Still a good movie but not deserving 5 stars. Well the acting is good all around, esp. the guy who played Taha, great ruthless psycho drug lord. The action scenes and martial arts is superb and to be believed. Cinematography is also great. The acting can also be hammy at times and preachy esp. at the end which I think is the weakest part of the movie. Anyways, the Blu Ray version is great, and is a distinct improvement than the DVD. Great stuff.
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