Have you seen Banlieue 13 (aka District 13 or District B13)? No? Why not? It’s an uneven, imperfect film to be sure, but who gives a shit. It also features some absolutely jaw-dropping action sequences, and some martial arts badassery that will make your average kung fu fan fucking weep. Much like Ong Bak, you don’t watch it for the story, you watch it for the action. You watch it to see Cyril Raffaelli and David Belle jump around and beat the holy hell out of a mess of people. Of course, scriptwriter Robert Mark Kamen is supposedly working on an American remake (completely unnecessary, of course), but in the meantime, there is a sequel coming out.
Patrick Alessandrin directed Banlieue 13: Ultimatum, which has already been released in Europe, but now we have the American trailer for it (it’s due for a US release in February). It features Raffaelli and Belle once again fighting their way through District 13, and it looks completely awesome. As much as I like subtlety and nuance in movies, I could care less when it comes to these. Give me some basic plot, and then just take the leash off of them and watch them tear through the movie. The sequel appears to do just that.