Magnet Releasing | Release Date: February 5, 2010
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AllanB.Feb 13, 2010
Super stuff. delivers the same as the original.
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TheQuietGamerSep 12, 2014
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 someIt 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
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#1'sbetterFeb 25, 2010
There are long lulls between action sequences, and the story is absurd. I know you're not supposed to look for story in an action movie, but if one spends so much time on it than the story better be good. Really, you could see the plot There are long lulls between action sequences, and the story is absurd. I know you're not supposed to look for story in an action movie, but if one spends so much time on it than the story better be good. Really, you could see the plot twist comming a million miles away, and the epic showdown with the main bad guy NEVER HAPPENS. I fealt like crying when they "beat" him. Also, --SPOILER ALERT-- in the end of the movie the protagonists do exactly what they stopped the bad guy from doing! --SPOILER FINISHED-- The action sequences that are there are really good, however. The crazy camera kind of ruins the immersion with the constantly changing shots and a few replays that the audience doesn't need to see. I guess they were trying to make it stylish but it's just weird. The movie has a slight tounge in cheek feel, too. The first time you see Demian he's in drag! Overall, it feels like they ran out of ideas for a sequel. It's not a bad movie, even though all I did was complain, but it does not live up to the first one. The first one is one of the best of all time. However, in this movie's defence that is a hard standard to live up to. Expand
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HalfwelshmanApr 30, 2012
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 notThere 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
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ToffenuffOct 5, 2013
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 veryThe 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
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