Tuesday, 5 September 2006

Welcome to District B13 Welcome to the future

Banlieue 13

In the near future, the worst ghettos of Paris, France are literally walled off and among the worst is District B13. Controlled by the ruthless crime lord, Taha, a young righteous punk named Leïto is determined to bring him down. When the boss retaliates by kidnapping his sister, Lola, a rescue attempt by Leïto is destroyed by betrayal that gets him arrested and Lola kept in the clutches in Taha. Six months later, a crackerjack undercover cop named Damien is given an urgent mission: a neutron bomb has been stolen by Taha in District B13 which has an automatic timer function engaged and set to detonate in less than 24 hours. Now with time running out, Damien and Leïto must work together to find and stop the bomb, but there is far more to this crisis than any of the field players realize.


SYNOPSIS (en Français)

Directed by Luc Besson - one of my favourite directors - if you have seen, Leon, Taxi (the original - not the Hollywood remake), The Fifth Element, Joan of Arc (with Milla Jovovich), Subway or Nikita (again not the Hollywood remake) then you have seen at least one of his films. This has just got to be the action film of all action films. I have just returned from seeing it at our local art house cinema (because it's sub-titled the commercial cinemas won't touch it) but don't let the sub titles put you off - it's awesome, there was so much action I am breathless. It's a shorter than normal film but if it had been any longer I would have been exhausted. GO SEE IT - you will thank me for it (even my wife enjoyed it, and if that's not a recommendation then I don't know what is!!!) If you thought the action in The Matrix or The Transporter was amazing then this will blow you away.