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.
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.
The dialogue and storyline are both a little on the clunky side, but the action excels.
Reviewed by Phil Wilding