District B13

District B13

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Director: Pierre Morel

Cast: Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle, Tony D'Amario

     
 

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A nuclear weapon has been stolen by the most powerful gang in Paris' treacherous, walled-in ghetto, and it's up to a determined cop and a vigilante criminal in search of his sister to infiltrate the sector, save the girl, and get the bomb out of the bad guys' hands in an action-packed tale produced by Luc Besson and directed bySee more details below

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A nuclear weapon has been stolen by the most powerful gang in Paris' treacherous, walled-in ghetto, and it's up to a determined cop and a vigilante criminal in search of his sister to infiltrate the sector, save the girl, and get the bomb out of the bad guys' hands in an action-packed tale produced by Luc Besson and directed by cinematographer Pierre Morel. The year is 2010, and a massive wall has been erected to keep the violence of the Paris ghetto confined to District B13. Within these walls, gangs rules the streets and law enforcement is powerless. This time the gangs have gone too far, though, and when the authorities realize that a nuclear weapon has been smuggled into the district, specially trained policeman and martial artist Damien is assigned the task of retrieving the weapon of mass destruction before Paris goes up in flames. He's not going to be able to do it on his own, though, and when Damien learns that breakaway bad guy Leïto's sister has been abducted by the very same gang, the pair soon forges a tentative partnership that merges the power of law enforcement with the anything-goes attitude of the criminal element.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Throughout cinematic history, stunt work has provided some of the most exciting moments of big-screen thrills, which as France's District B13 proves, is just as true in the modern era as when Buster Keaton wowed audiences at the dawn of filmmaking. Both Jackie Chan and Thailand's Tony Jaa have excelled at death-defying theatrics leading up to this, but this Luc Besson production truly takes it to the next level. From the very first chase scene on, the speeds at which the actors and stuntmen risk life and limb for the camera are unparalleled. It helps that first-time director and veteran cameraman Pierre Morel knows how to keep things moving -- and boy do they ever under his skillful eye. The same can't quite be said of his action direction, which while competent, features the same kind of sped-up, cut frame-rate of many of its action contemporaries (thereby adding extra action within the camera instead of in front of it). Still, complaints are low with this action flick. Besson has supplied a smart script that confounds expectations as he pits his heroic characters in a sort of Escape from New York scenario with an anti-government twist. That said, the flick could have used at least one final showdown fight scene, though action-lovers should remember that it's the stunts that reign supreme here, not necessarily the foot-to-the-face contact.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/17/2007
UPC:
0876964000734
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
R
Source:
Magnolia
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:24:00
Sales rank:
48,293

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cyril Raffaelli Damien
David Belle Leïto
Tony D'Amario K2
Bibi Naceri Taha
Dany Verissimo Lola
François Chattot Kruger
Nicolas Woirion Corsini
Patrick Olivier The Colonel
Samir Guesmi Jamel
Gadner Jerome K2 Boy 1
Tarik Boucekhine Yoyo (Paratrooper 1)
MC Jean Gab'1 Nico

Technical Credits
Pierre Morel Director
Luc Besson Producer,Screenwriter
Stephane Gluck Asst. Director
Bernard Grenet Executive Producer
Thierry Guilmard Cinematographer,Production Manager
Alexandre Hernandez Sound Editor
Maud Lombart Sound Editor
Didier Lozahic Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
Bibi Naceri Screenwriter
Da Octopusss Score Composer
Swan Pham Casting
Swan Pham Casting
Martine Rapin Costumes/Costume Designer
Alexandre Andre Rossi Costumes/Costume Designer
Manuel Teran Cinematographer
Derderic Thorval Editor
Hugues Tissandier Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Frédéric Ullmann Sound/Sound Designer

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The Making of District B13; Extended fight scene; Outtakes

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