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District B13 (R)

Release Date: June 2nd, 2006 by Magnolia Pictures.
The Cast: Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle, Tony D'Amario, Bibi Naceri, Dany Verissimo, François Chattot, Nicolas Woirion, Patrick Olivier, Samir Guesmi.
Directed by Pierre Morel.
In French with subtitles.

BASIC PREMISE: In the year 2010, undercover cop Damien (Raffaelli) joins Leito (Belle) to stop thugs from detonating a weapon of mass destruction in District B13.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: District B13 has plenty of non-stop action, thrills and well choreographed stunts. The basic good versus evil plot has few surprises, but the simple Damien’s simple mission gradually gets complicated as the line between good and evil becomes blurred. Damien must not only defuse the bomb, but also save Leito’s beautiful sister, Lola (Verissimi), from the hands of the District B13 thugs. Much of the visuals feel those in The Transporter, Run Lola Run and especially The Professional--which was directed by Luc Besson, who produced and co-wrote this film. Admittedly, it would have been nice to have more comic relief like in Rush Hour, but director Pierre Morel, who was the cinematographer of The Transporter, uses enough fast-pacing and a pulsating musical score to generate a lot of energy. Fortunately, not a single scene drags and, with a brief running time of 86 minutes, District B13 never overstays its welcome.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief


IN A NUTSHELL: Explosive! A pulse-pounding, adrenaline rush!

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)

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