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District B13

  • Rated R

independent, special interest

A nuclear weapon has been stolen by the most powerful gang in Paris' treacherous, walled-in ghetto, and it's up to a determined cop and a vigilante criminal in search of his sister to infiltrate the sector, save the girl, and get the bomb out..

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Rotten: 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.

- Anton Bitel, Eye for Film, Saturday, October 18, 2008


- Brett Michel, Boston Phoenix, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fresh: District B-13 is bad sci-fi, but it succeeds as mindless action.

- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Friday, June 2, 2006

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A crime riddled district of Paris is walled up and abandoned by the authorities, but when a neutron bomb is stolen by its crime boss, a lone cop is sent in to defuse it. Escape From New York meets Ong Bak in this frenetic French action flick that's very much in the tradition of Luc Besson. The whole "near future" premise is really just an excuse to make you swallow the greater implausibilites in the plot, as there's little here to mark it out as sci-fi. It's really just a series of high octane shoot outs and bone crunching fight sequences as a buddy duo join forces to reach their respective objectives; the bomb and the rescue of a resident's sister. Thankfully there's no corny love interest and the buddy partnership works quite well because of the lack of idiotic one liners and macho bullshit you'd get in a Hollywood equivalent. It's a total no-brainer and the plot gets thinner and thinner as it goes (the best sequences are all at the beginning, before they set out on their mission) but the boys will enjoy the male bonding and non stop action and the girls will enjoy the sight of a constantly shirtless David Belle. Dumb but fun.

- garyX, Wednesday, August 15, 2012

3 stars

Welcome to Paris. On the left is the Louvre. On the right is the Eiffel Tower. In front of you is.... District 13. Set in the future where ghettos sprawling with crime are encased within stone walls, District 13 is the largest, nastiest and most violent. Its a French movie of course... but action needs no translation and from the get go, you are in for one heck of a roller coaster ride in the tradition of the Transporter movies. Parkour is greatly used in the flick, but its great.... nothing tame, all wild style, guns, car crashes and good old martial arts. Dont worry about the indifferent acting, weird music and other things... its an action movie with real stunts and proper stuntmen/actors doing the job. No BS computer gimmickery, just good ole flesh n bone, wires and padding action. Worth watching!

- kpn666, Monday, October 5, 2009

3 stars

Good modern action film without the clichs but quite typical of a Luc Besson production

- SirPant, Tuesday, September 29, 2009