"High Octane French Thriller"
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Running at only 84 minutes, DISTRICT B13 is a really exciting action thriller with many amazing stunts. Although the characters are motivated by strong moral desires (Leito wants to protect the people in his apartment from the evil gang and Damien wants to protect society), the worldview is a humanist one where God does not play a role. In fact, at one point Damien cites the Romantic, secular rallying cry of the French Revolution, "Liberty, Equality and Fraternity!" DISTRICT B13 also has plenty of strong foul language. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.
(H, BB, P, Ro, LLL, VV, S, N, A, DD, M) Light humanist worldview with strong moral elements about defeating and stopping evil gangsters, protecting society and obeying laws (with some appeals to patriotism), but without a sense of God or divine command or "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God," and light Romantic tone to movie's view of society, particularly French society, with a positive reference to the French Revolution; about 85 obscenities (including many "f" words) and six strong profanities; strong action violence includes point blank shootings, lots of fighting and kicking, gun battles, implied breaking of a man's neck, and lots of amazing jumping, climbing and leaping on buildings and rooftops; some brief suggestive moments such as man grabs woman's rear end, and she threatens him and later forces him to chew on her panties, and gangster holds woman captive for a time, implying that she probably was sexually abused; upper male nudity and woman in skimpy outfit, but nothing really salacious; alcohol use; smoking and drug lord snorts and sells cocaine; and, gangsters rebuked and police officials and government officials are corrupt.
DISTRICT B13 is a French action thriller, now out on DVD, which takes its story from today’s news headlines about riots by young Muslims in France. The story is set several years in the future, after the government has decided to place walls around the most troublesome Muslim enclaves.
The movie opens with a young man, Leito, who tries to protect his apartment building from the local drug gang by stealing and destroying one of their heroin shipments. The gang goes after Leito and his sister. What follows is a couple of terrific action sequences where Leito escapes the drug lord, Taha’s, henchmen by climbing, leaping and jumping around the local apartment complexes. During the action, Leito and his sister manage to capture Taha. They take him to the local police headquarters outside the District, but the police are abandoning the headquarters, and the corrupt officer in charge turns Leito’s sister over to the gangster and imprisons Leito. This sequence ends with an angry Leito taking vengeance on the officer by killing him.
Cut to another amazing action sequence where an undercover policeman named, Capt. Damien Tomaso, single-handedly takes down another gang of criminals somewhere in Paris. Before he can take a breather, Damien is given another assignment. It seems that the first gang leader, Taha, has stolen a neutron bomb. Damien is ordered to go undercover, spring Leito from jail and convince Leito to help him get into Taha’s lair. The problem is, the bomb has been accidentally set to explode. Damien has less than 24 hours to find the bomb and defuse it before it explodes or before Taha sells it to the highest bidder.
Running at only 84 minutes, DISTRICT B13 is a really exciting action thriller with many amazing stunts. Although the characters are motivated by strong moral desires (Leito wants to protect the people in his building from the evil gang and Damien wants to protect society), the worldview is a humanist one where God does not play a role. In fact, at one point Damien cites the Romantic, secular rallying cry of the French Revolution, “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity!” In that scene, Damien appeals to Leito’s sense of patriotism and duty, and the movie implies that both policemen and the average citizen have a role to play in bringing justice and goodness to society. Damien adds that “Laws must be obeyed by everyone.” DISTRICT B13 also has plenty of strong foul language, including a liberal use of the “f” word and some strong profanities. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.