Marc Bernardin
May 31, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

District B13

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
85 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/02/06
performer
David Belle, Cyril Raffaelli
director
Pierre Morel
distributor
Magnolia Pictures
author
Luc Besson, Bibi Naceri
genre
ActionAdventure, Comedy, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B

Leave it to the French to resurrect the Great White Martial Artist. And in District B13, this Luc Besson-hatched action flick, we get two: Leito (David Belle) and Damien (Cyril Raffaelli), mismatched badasses who have to extract a WMD from a nasty futuristic Parisian ghetto. The big innovation here is that the two nimble leads, stuntmen-turned-stars, are devotees of parkour, a fancy French word for the fluid use of urban environments as jungle gyms. And while the fight scenes do carry a nifty charge, parkour itself isn’t quite revolutionary: Jackie Chan’s been doing the same thing for 20 years.

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