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District 13: Ultimatum - Preview

District 13: Ultimatum

Preview by Jack Foley

WRITER-producer Luc Besson and stars Cyril Raffaelli and David Belle return to the incendiary environment of the near-future Paris suburbs in the action-thriller District 13: Ultimatum, the hugely anticipated sequel to one of the most spectacular action movies of recent years.

It’s 2013, three years after the events of the first movie, and it appears that despite government promises nothing has changed in District 13, the racially charged ghetto notorious for its gangs, drug dealers and killers.

A consortium of corrupt cops and government officials is conspiring to cause civil unrest within D13 with a view to finding an excuse to raze the area and cash in on its redevelopment.

When a local kid accidentally uncovers the plot, the district’s resident idealist Leito (Belle) and elite law-enforcer Damien Tomaso (Raffaelli) are reunited in a bid to bring peace to the troubled neighbourhood and to expose the conspiracy before a proposed air-strike can destroy the area Leito calls home.

Besson and director Patrick Alessandrin (Mean Spirit) deliver another intoxicating cocktail of jaw-dropping martial arts, breathtaking freerunning and explosive action in a movie that incredibly manages to outdo its thrilling predecessor on every level.

District 13: Ultimatum is released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 26, 2009.