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Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum (District 13: Ultimatum) (2009)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 70
Fresh: 52 | Rotten: 18

District 13 bites off more than it can chew with its political subtext and questionable script, but the many action sequences are never less than entertaining.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 4

District 13 bites off more than it can chew with its political subtext and questionable script, but the many action sequences are never less than entertaining.



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The loud, intense, and explosive action saga Banlieue 13: Ultimatum is a sequel to the 2004 European blockbuster Banlieue 13. This second installment was directed by Patrick Alessandrin but initially gestated from the vision of writer-producer Luc Besson, also responsible for scripting and producing the first go-round. Ultimatum unfurls three years after the original, in the slightly dystopian realm of suburban Paris, circa 2013. Ultra-violence now riddles that sphere -- to such a degree that

Apr 27, 2010

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No need for CGI when you've got sweet moves, fast feet and a bottomless hoard of adrenaline.

March 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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This sequel to the French actioner District B13 (2004) offers more of what made the original such a sublimely stupid pleasure.

February 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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If anyone is going to persuade fanboys to attend a movie with French subtitles, that man is Luc Besson.

February 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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While it doesn't match the bombastic, bone-breaking brio of its predecessor, 2004's District B-13, this sequel imaginatively spices up the leftovers.

February 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This is the first action movie in which bombs serve a humanitarian end.

February 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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This tale of conspiracy and corruption, directed with adrenalized pleasure by Patrick Alessandrin and written by a reinvigorated Luc Besson, has a brain.

February 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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If you like your action comic-book style, with the emphasis more on slapstick than on blood and gore, this silly but slick sequel is a great way to get your fix.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Silly action with phony-looking stunts. And, the story? Don't get me started. Paul Chambers, CNN.

May 14, 2010 Full Review Source: CNNRadio | Comments (2)

French parkour-action sequel - featuring David Belle, one of the inventors of the sport - to the kinetic dystopian 2004 film District B13, features lots of incredible stunts that at least look as though they weren't accomplished by the use of green screen

May 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Adrenaline-filled, high-flying and brutal. A truly impressive action film that will hit you in the chest with awesome.

April 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

Evildoers vs. parkour-running underdog heroes

April 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

The chief motivation for watching this film is to see people bouncing off walls. That being the case, you could just as easily watch neighborhood kids on a sugar rush.

March 5, 2010 Full Review Source:

Mission accomplie.

March 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

the film is an enormous amount of fun and it provides everything that one could possibly want in a piece of straightforward cinematic eye candy

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source:

The parkour action doesn't get old --- it just becomes more amazing.

February 23, 2010 Full Review
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Here's hoping this second version is the final installment of this particular story. Let's not completely ruin a good thing.

February 23, 2010 Full Review
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Little more than a series of loosely connected (and fairly effective) action set pieces.

February 19, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

If you enjoyed the first installment, Ultimatum will probably be right up your alley...not to mention your fire-escape railing and your rooftop ledge.

February 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

The start-stop rhythm lets you know when you can focus less on the obvious plot mechanics and governmental conspiracy stuff, and recharge for the next ridiculous and acrobatic Parkour sequence.

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Audience Reviews for Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum (District 13: Ultimatum)

An awesome, off the wall action-packed adventure. It's better than the original, bringing back the style, wit, grit and eye-opening stunts that made the first film work. An explosive, mind-joggling, fast-paced and exhilarating thrill-ride that you will love to watch again. Another great piece of action movie enjoyment from Writer/Producer, Luc Besson. It's loaded with amazing fights, incredible stunts, lots of bullets, great chases and a wicked story that has a brain and is crafted with pure adrenaline. It's full-throttle action entertainment. Cyril Raffaelli and David Belle are back and kicking more ass than ever. These two guys have great chemistry together, throwing in jokes as well as kicks and punches. It's smart, funny, thrilling and pulse-pounding. An adrenaline-charged great time. Their is much to admire about a movie like this when we have no stunts, wires or CGI but just pure athletic madness and dedication.
April 28, 2014

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Patrick Alessandrin screams parkour with B13: Ultimatum.When it comes to plot details, there is enough to fill the 95 minutes of screen time this film offers. There is a sluggish start to get the storyline moving; however, that's not to say that the introduction sucks; far from it. It's just more character oriented fun that eventually leads to the meat of the story.The action and parkour stunt-work is highly stylized and amusing. It is scattered throughout, although the more entertaining pieces do not take place in the film's final act.David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli showcase their skills without fail. Elodie Yung, the lone female, steps in for a fight of her own. The rest of the antagonists are, well, antagonists.B13: Ultimatum is over the top in many places, but that works in this film's favor. "I'll distract them. You play spider-man."
July 24, 2013
JY Skacto

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I liked the original District 13 but I think the sequel - Ultimatum is much better. The Parkour is still there but it doesn't get in the way of the story - which I think is much stronger in this film. It's very silly at times much like Taxi and many of the other Luc Besson produced films but if you're into that style then you'll be sure to enjoy. The stunt with the car was pretty rubbish but everything else was good fun.
August 20, 2012

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Supercop Damien reunites with his old friend Leito to prevent a plot by a sinister government agency to level Banlieue 13 and profit from the rebuilding process. The original film was a braindead but fun XY pleaser with plenty of inventive action making it an entertaining ride. This rehash is basically the same plot with a slightly different conspiratorial spin and gang banger stereotypes thrown into the mix. It's a bit like Jackie Chan does The Fast And The Furious as a result and the fact that our first glimpse of Cyril Raffaelli is in drag shows that the grittiness bar has been suitably lowered. It's fast footed and brief enough to never bore but like the Taxi films before them, a case of lazy script writing being papered over by ever more ludicrous set pieces. Not a bad little diversion but the series really needs to stop here and now before it starts to embarrass itself.
August 9, 2012
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