Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Film Review: DISTRICT 13: ULTIMATUM (2009)

Director: Patrick Alessandrin
Running time: 97 mins (approx)
Certification (UK): 15

France release date: 18th February 2009

Watched on Sky+ Wednesday 30th June 2010.


This French film is the sequel to the equally French film, District 13 (2004), which, unfortunately, I have not seen. The setting is Paris in the not too distant future, 2013 according to the subtitles, where District 13 has been walled off from the rest of the French capital. It seems that the government has forgotten the people that live there who have split into factions and live outside the law.

A cop, Capt. Damien Tomaso, has been framed by a government run unit called DISS, headed by the rather nasty Walter Gassman. There is a plot to evacuate District 13 so a new development can be built for the rich. The plot is uncovered by Damien’s friend, Leïto, who helps him escape from police custody. Now on the run, the pair has to unite the factions in District 13 in order to thwart the governments plan. But time is running out.

As I said at the beginning, I have not seen the original film, District 13, so I can’t judge whether this is better or not. It’s certainly well made with some really exciting fight sequences and some really great free running. Good performances from all of the major cast, Cyril Raffaelli as Capt. Damien Tomaso, David Belle as Leïto, Philippe Torreton as Le président de la République and Daniel Duval as Walter Gassman.

Quite an enjoyable film to watch, but it did seem to lack a little depth. A lot of the characters seemed a bit one-dimensional. If nothing else, it’s worth watching for the fight sequences and the free running, some of this stuff is really outstanding. I hear the first film is better but I’ll be able to judge when I’ve seen it. Over all, pretty entertaining although the story line is a little simplistic, but still, recommended.

My score: 6.8/10

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