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15
Cast
Cyril Raffaelli
David Belle.
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Patrick Alessandrin .
Screenwriters
Luc Besson.
Running Time
95 minutes

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District 13: Ultimatum
Luc Besson pens a Paris riot.


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Plot
It’s 2013, three years after the events of the first movie, and it appears that despite government promises nothing has changed in District 13, the racially charged ghetto notorious for its gangs, drug dealers and killers. A consortium of corrupt cops and government officials is conspiring to cause civil unrest within D13 with a view to finding an excuse to raze the area and cash in on its redevelopment. When a local kid accidentally uncovers the plot, the district’s resident idealist Leito (Belle) and elite law-enforcer Damien Tomaso (Raffaelli) are reunited in a bid to bring peace to the troubled neighbourhood and to expose the conspiracy before a proposed air-strike can destroy the area Leito calls home.


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District 13: Ultimatum
It’s three years since the government promised to tear down the wall separating District 13 from the rest of Paris. As they renege on their word, five warlords take control of five tower blocks (think Mad Max set in Slough) while corrupt cops plot to raze the area.


Their secret’s soon uncovered, allowing lawman Tomaso (Cyril Raffaelli) and spring-heeled Leïto (David Belle) to beat up the baddies with more invention than Thomas Edison displayed his entire life. Luc Besson’s script holds less water than a sock, but the action’s utterly enthralling. Sure, the dialogue makes you wonder if they’ve just learnt to speak, but you’ll believe a man can fly.


Verdict
The dialogue and storyline are both a little on the clunky side, but the action excels.


Reviewed by Phil Wilding

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RE: Is anyone awake at Empire

Caught this last night on Sky and I was a bit bored to be honest; only when the action was kicking off did the film get interesting. It's a bit talky for an action flick aswell but regardless the last half an hour picked up the pace with the addition of a new cool character named Tao. All in all not bad, the first one could have been stand alone but this just scrapes by. No more though guys!! I think this is done! ... More

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Posted by The REAL Bozz at 11:39, 27 July 2010 | Report This Post


Is anyone awake at Empire

Crap review, more disapointment from Empire. ... More

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the 'review' up here isnot a review. it's basically a re-wording ofthe synopsis with a few wee bits chucked in ... More

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the 'review' up here isnot a review. it's basically a re-wording ofthe synopsis with a few wee bits chucked in ... More

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SO.......

more of the same then? I can live with that. ... More

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