District 13 Ultimatum – Actionfest week

This week I will be covering some of the films that I saw at Actionfest this past weekend. District 13 Ultimatum was one of those films.

WATCH: District 13 Ultimatum (2009) – Rated R for some violence, language and drug material.

“Set two years after the action in Pierre Morel and Luc Bessons District 13, this French-language sequel follows Capt. Damien Tomaso (Cyril Raffaelli) and Leito (David Belle) on their quest to clean up crime and corruption in the city. With the territory divided into five distinct neighborhoods created along ethnic lines, they have their work cut out for them. But they’ve also got a secret weapon: a will to defy the odds.”

Five years ago, Pierre Morel made the fabulous over-the-top futuristic action movie District B13. I highly recommended it and Pierre Morel went on to direct the marvelous Taken.

As you might guess, District 13 Ultimatum is the sequel to District B13. I have no idea why the B has been dropped. Patrick Alessandrin takes over direction from Pierre Morel.

Parkour masters and martial artists Cyril Raffaelli and David Belle reprise their roles as Captain Damien Tomaso and Leito respectively. They are filled with the same incredible energy as in District B13.

While the film is firmly centered on Cyril and David, some of the supporting gang members are interesting. Elodie Yung plays Tao, the most interesting of these. She is very charismatic and is obviously having a great deal of fun with her role.

Also fun are MC Jean Gab1 as Molko, James Deal as Karl Le Skin,and Laouni Mouhid as Ali-K.

This film is a lot of fun but is not nearly as polished as District B13. They have jettisoned some of the social commentary and what is left are paper targets like a giant company called Harriburton.

The action sequences are more prevalent though less reliant on Parkour. One Parkour sequence appears to just stop with no particular ending which was a little jarring.

Like a Bond film, this film is all about the action and it does deliver. I highly recommend watching the original District B13 which is currently available on instant Netflix. If you like that then I wholeheartedly recommend the sequel even though the original is the better film.

People Watch: Dany Verissimo appears again momentarily as Lola though I do not think they even gave her any lines.