District B13 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:… District B13 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:… 2006-06-02 R PT85M Action/Adventure Comedy Sci-fi and Fantasy David Belle Cyril Raffaelli Magnolia Pictures
Movie Review

District B13 (2006)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jun 02, 2006; Rated: R; Length: 85 Minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli; Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

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.

Originally posted May 31, 2006 Published in issue #880-881 Jun 09, 2006 Order article reprints