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.
June 24, 2006
The typically moronic plot simply gets in the way of what might have been a super-ambitious sneaker commercial.
June 24, 2006
District B13 doesn't waste time with fake personality clashes. Both lead actors are amazingly fluid athletes, and during the many getaway and shoot-'em-up sequences, there is a minimum of special effects or wire choreography.
June 22, 2006
Real-life events have overtaken District B13, and they give this feverish, yet oddly flat French action adventure a whiff of substance to go along with its spectacular stunts.
June 2, 2006
District B-13 is bad sci-fi, but it succeeds as mindless action.
June 2, 2006
The creator of films such as The Transporter, The Fifth Element and La Femme Nikita can be counted on for movies that are big, stupid and often just skillfully demented enough to be fun. District B13 obliges on all accounts.
June 2, 2006
Who hasn't wanted to leap down a stairwell, bounce from rooftop to rooftop, do a backflip over a bad guy, give him a few chop socky blows and then take away his gun?
June 2, 2006
When a film is this entertaining, it doesn't have to be all that original.
June 2, 2006
A French import that dishes out comic-book complexity with the simple purity of a kick to the gut.
June 2, 2006
Terse, taut and willing to pack on some philosophical weight, District B13 wastes no time in shouting 'Action!'
June 2, 2006
Like its stunt work, the movie is both ridiculously hyperactive and a muscular feat of absolute confidence. I don't expect to have a more adrenalizing time at the movies this summer.
June 2, 2006
District B13 is as slickly edited, filmed and choreographed as it is empty of compelling characters or the meaningful ideas (institutional racism, the bleak future) it professes to be about. Ultimately, it walls itself in.
June 2, 2006
The French-made, futuristic adrenaline-pumper District 13 doesn't really grab you by the short hairs until it shows you why David Belle is the movie's star.
June 2, 2006
Note to moviegoers: If you can still be entertained by a thriller that unabashedly borrows from others of its ilk and don't mind reading subtitles, you could do worse than District B13.
June 2, 2006
District B13 is one of those films where you appreciate the artistry of violence, then forget about it as soon as you get into the car and head home.
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