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7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32

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  1. Sep 12, 2014
    9
    It expands on it's predecessor without losing what made it so excellent in the first place. The plot is more complex, the action more insane, and the stakes higher. Raffaelli brings the awesome martial arts action, while Belle delivers some truly impressive parkour. It kept me hooked from beginning to end and the inclusion of more humor thankfully doesn't ruin things. I do feel Belle'sIt expands on it's predecessor without losing what made it so excellent in the first place. The plot is more complex, the action more insane, and the stakes higher. Raffaelli brings the awesome martial arts action, while Belle delivers some truly impressive parkour. It kept me hooked from beginning to end and the inclusion of more humor thankfully doesn't ruin things. I do feel Belle's character might be underused in this sequel, and watching the characters jump back and forth from District 13 and Paris without any explanation as to how they were able to pull it off it a little out there, but it's still one of the best action movies I've ever seen. I highly recommend it and give it a near-perfect score of 9.9/10. Expand
  2. Apr 30, 2012
    8
    There really are very few sequels that equal or surpass the original film. District 13: Ultimatum has more complex and entertaining action, a better story, more energetic direction and far more political subtext than its predecessor. It's not just a great action film, but a smart and relevant thriller with two great performances by David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli - both real-life actionThere really are very few sequels that equal or surpass the original film. District 13: Ultimatum has more complex and entertaining action, a better story, more energetic direction and far more political subtext than its predecessor. It's not just a great action film, but a smart and relevant thriller with two great performances by David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli - both real-life action men who can actually emote! Philippe Torreton also impresses as a moral and caring French President, and Daniel Duval makes an appropriately sinister villain. The new director Patrick Alessandrin manages to pull off a far more evenly-paced film than his predecessor Pierre Morel managed in the original - there are very few, if any, scenes in Ultimatum that lose momentum, or that fill like unnecessary padding between action sequences. However, like in the first film, there are elements of the plot that feel a bit daft, even for an over-the-top action movie (you might find yourself holding back a snort of laughter at the film's finale, which showcases the ludicrous outfits that the supposedly threatening gangs of District 13 choose to wear - it just looks like they've been caught in an explosion at a sex shop). A certain amount of silliness is not really to the detriment of the rest of the film though, and you'd be hard-pressed to find many other action films that are as consistently exciting as District 13: Ultimatum, and still fewer that offer so many surprises along the way. Expand
  3. Jun 15, 2012
    2
    Un scénario qui sort de l'ordinaire et qui se montre intéressant, des acteurs au talent incontestable, une mise en scène personnelle travaillée à la perfection, une bande originale qui déboite... Voilà les atouts qui auraient pu valoriser Banlieue 13 si les productions Besson étaient des chefs-d'oeuvre. Ce qui n'est, en ce monde, pasUn scénario qui sort de l'ordinaire et qui se montre intéressant, des acteurs au talent incontestable, une mise en scène personnelle travaillée à la perfection, une bande originale qui déboite... Voilà les atouts qui auraient pu valoriser Banlieue 13 si les productions Besson étaient des chefs-d'oeuvre. Ce qui n'est, en ce monde, pas du tout le cas. Et avec avec Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum, on nous prouve une fois de plus que ce qui fut l'un de nos plus grands réalisateurs nationaux (ne pas oublier Nikita, Le Grand Bleu et Léon), ne produit et n'écrit plus que des navets de bien piètre qualité (quoique certains peuvent sortir du lot, comme Taken), et n'aide donc pas vraiment ses chers poulains (même si la carrière hollywoodienne de Louis Leterrier est bien lancée). Bref, Banlieue 13 n'était qu'un divertissement vite oubliable et ce malgré quelques cascades. Et sa suite ne vaut guère mieux ! Expand
  4. Oct 5, 2013
    7
    The story is, as one reviewer said, rather absurd. I admittedly never watched the first movie since apparently this is the sequel. I was impressed by some of the parkour sequences and the fight scenes were decent enough (some are very creative). Never really felt invested with the characters and there wasn't really progression, but strong characters and plot are evidently not the focus inThe story is, as one reviewer said, rather absurd. I admittedly never watched the first movie since apparently this is the sequel. I was impressed by some of the parkour sequences and the fight scenes were decent enough (some are very creative). Never really felt invested with the characters and there wasn't really progression, but strong characters and plot are evidently not the focus in this somewhat over-the-top action movie. That being said, as another reviewer mentioned there are some significant political and social commentaries being made here that help excuse the plots absurdity. Expand
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 50
    Though it fails to live up to its dynamic predecessor in almost every way, District B13: Ultimatum should still be enough to satisfy the earlier film’s small but faithful core of American fans.
  2. Reviewed by: Phil Wilding
    60
    The dialogue and storyline are both a little on the clunky side, but the action excels.
  3. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    70
    The fight sequences (choreographed by Raffaelli) are especially creative, with the combatants using any available object, including a priceless Van Gogh painting, to get the job done.