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Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum (District 13: Ultimatum) Reviews

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

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.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3/5

July 6, 2010
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 85/100

May 1, 2010
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects

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

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: B-

April 14, 2010
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Evildoers vs. parkour-running underdog heroes

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3/4

April 4, 2010
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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No need for CGI when you've got sweet moves, fast feet and a bottomless hoard of adrenaline.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 5, 2010
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Mission accomplie.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

March 5, 2010
Peter Sobczynski

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

February 26, 2010
Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 25, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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If anyone is going to persuade fanboys to attend a movie with French subtitles, that man is Luc Besson.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

February 25, 2010
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

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

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February 23, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 18, 2010
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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This is the first action movie in which bombs serve a humanitarian end.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 18, 2010
Shaula Clark
Boston Phoenix

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.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 18, 2010
Adam Lippe

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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February 18, 2010
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

February 12, 2010
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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It's easy to call this film a video action game starring real people, but that "real" part means a lot. I'd rather see a world-class martial artist like Raffaelli do his thing instead of a CGI simulacrum.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

February 12, 2010
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

Those inclined to want to see a couple guys exercise cat-like martial arts moves against a loosely egalitarian sociological narrative backdrop will spark to the movie, and its sloppy embrace of joie de vivre.

Full Review Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: C+

February 11, 2010
Andy Klein
Brand X

That Besson's screenplay seems almost computer-generated isn't really a problem. The story's sole function is to provide an excuse for dazzling action scenes in the Jackie Chan mode -- which are again handily worth the ride.

Full Review Source: Brand X

February 10, 2010
Simon Abrams
New York Press

Raffaeli and Belle still lack the charm that would make their tight-lipped line deliveries memorable, but they still run, kick and hop around like nobody's business.

Full Review Source: New York Press

February 10, 2010
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Solid, B-level popcorn entertainment.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

February 8, 2010
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