Saturday, August 20, 2011

District B13

IMDB says... Set in the ghettos of Paris in 2010, an undercover cop and ex-thug try to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb.

The 73rd Virgin says... First half-hour, five stars. Last hour, one star. Insane opening sequence featuring a "free-running" sequence with our hero and villains skittering across rooftops, through hallways, over ledges, etc., is about as imaginative as I've ever seen, and the follow-up ultraviolent scene introducing the cop hero is fine. The bad guy actors are really, really good, especially K-2 - and the young hero is at least convincingly young and ripped.

This trailer doesn't really capture the inventiveness of the opening.

I was settling in for a top-notch chop-socky revenge movie complete with spunky cute little sister, ala Jackie Chan Hong Kong fliks, but then....a neutron bomb, an evil government plot, endless jibber-jabber about human rights, blah, blah. Coulda been sooo much better with less imagination and more plot restraint. Fun enough for instant view, I guess.

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