Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Banlieue 13

Banlieue 13 or District 13 is a French action movie that is a must for anyone who likes kicks to the head and dudes jumping from rooftop to rooftop without wires or nets.

For some reason the English Subtitles kept refering to the Sub-divisions as Barrios, and while that's sort of LA, I can live with it here.

This is an entire movie done by the dudes who did the opening of the latest James Bond movie Casino Royale. It's a free-running extravaganza that is basically a French version of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels mixed with Ong-Bak but set in the not-do-distant future (i.e. 2010).

This movie is kinetic and has more bone shattering kicks than is healthy for one individual to witness in a lifetime. My favourite part is that as much as you think they're using wires, they're not. Like when that one dude lands on the corner of a casino table after being kicked in the face and spinning through the air? No wires, he smacked that thing - I watched the making of feature on the DVD.

The ending is about as subtle as Joe Quesada hyped up on coke but exceptionally not cringe-worthy because the French just have the gall to pull it off right and make you believe in their honesty.


Siskoid said...

Wow gotta check that out.

joncormier said...

They misplaced some of the abs from 300 in this movie.

Jason said...

That was pretty cool, it definitely harkened back to the 80's action flicks that always tried to shoe-horn in some social commentary. The action was really cool even if the dialogue sucked.

joncormier said...

Luckily some of us can watch in French with a bit of help from subtitles - the dubbing was pretty aweful (as all dubbing tends to be).