District B13 (Banlieue 13) Reviews

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June 6, 2007
A message-based actioner that's fast, dumb fun.
June 6, 2007
I was delighted by the balletic and acrobatic stunts, some of which evoke Tarzan.
February 27, 2007
July 8, 2006
A 90-minute feature simply showing [David] Belle's stunts with no frills would be great; unfortunately, they only account for about 10 minutes - the rest of the time, Belle is called upon to act.
July 6, 2006
As 85-minute testosterone binges go, you could do a whole lot worse.
July 4, 2006
Instantly forgettable, but hugely entertaining for 85 minutes.
August 23, 2017
Urban ills are pretty much the same worldwide. But it's the very Frenchness of the film that makes it amusant. Unlike a typical American actioner, the villain is not a megalomaniacal genius, nor a corporate overlord; it's the civil servants. . .
June 15, 2017
The straight-faced outrageousness is part of the film's charm, while the stripped down aesthetic, driving pace, and impressive action sequences are the film's charge.
October 6, 2013
When Belle is in motion, the movie excels.
February 5, 2010
This action film from Luc Besson's B-movie factory is one of his best.
April 29, 2009
Comes off more like a theme park show than an actual film, it's there to deliver stunts and never an actual story.
July 14, 2007
July 4, 2007
the most memorable parts of District 13 actually precede the unfolding of its main plot, which, much like the thermonuclear device on which it is premised, is never allowed to fulfill its explosive promise.
July 3, 2007
Both smart and direct, District B13 is the kind of lean, mean action film most of America's working directors only wish they could pull off.
January 2, 2007
Nifty action flick influenced by Hong Kong cinema that includes a critique of French racism against immigrant community.
December 20, 2006
O roteiro quase inexistente é uma mera desculpa para que o filme apresente ao espectador diversas seqüências de ação absolutamente sensacionais criadas a partir do parkour.
November 20, 2006
There's something refreshing about an action film that actually gives a damn about more than explosions.
October 27, 2006
Genre fans will get a kick from the martial-arts action, and that's all District B13 needs to do.
October 9, 2006
In his feature directing debut, cinematographer Pierre Morel has delivered an adrenaline-packed picture that sold its brains to the devil in exchange for spectacular fight and chase scenes.
October 4, 2006
You could generate the script with a computer programme, but the thumpery has an effective, hand-made feel.
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