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  • Summary: Paris, 2010. An isolation wall surrounds the ghetto cities. Without effective law enforcement, with these walls, gang rule is absolute. [Magnolia Pictures]
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. It's great to see action stars cast for their moves -- their grace in motion is thrilling -- but they also have the charisma to pull off the characters.
  2. 88
    Like its stunt work, the movie is both ridiculously hyperactive and a muscular feat of absolute confidence. I don't expect to have a more adrenalizing time at the movies this summer.
  3. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    With backing from the film's producer and co-writer, Luc Besson, the director, Pierre Morel, mounts a breakneck B movie inspired by Hong Kong action extravaganzas, the gritty genre classics of John Carpenter and the Thai neo-kung fu parable "Ong Bak." He hasn't reinvented this particular wheel, but he gets it spinning with delirious savoir-faire.
  4. This is every bit as silly and adolescent as you'd expect from Besson, and about as contemporary as "The Perils of Pauline." But I was delighted by the balletic and acrobatic stunts, some of which evoke Tarzan.
  5. 70
    Go for the dazzling, if repetitive, human stunt work. Endure the appallingly simplistic politics.
  6. A ridiculous but exciting action movie.
  7. Its hackneyed themes prevent the sci-fi flick from feeling like anything more than well-directed mediocrity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. AwesomeDude
    Aug 7, 2006
    Paris, 2010: The best plot ever. Amazing.
  2. SandraA.
    Sep 22, 2006
    It's the best!!!
  3. YousafK.
    Jan 16, 2007
    Brilliant just brilliant. I couldn't sit in my sofa while watching this movie. I can't spend a day without watching it. It's a must watch for action freaks. Expand
  4. H.Kenney
    Jul 3, 2006
    maybe the story sucks, but you cant help loving the action and just pure fun that this film oozes.
  5. Aug 13, 2010
    this film is entertaining and a surprise. it has its dumb elements but they don't interfere with your being engrossed in a nearly non stop chase. quirky and cute and fast and fun. One of the best action movies to come around in a long time. don't expect to learn anything or become aware of some social issue but you believe it all enough and care about the characters enough to enjoy yourself. Expand
  6. MichelleC.
    Jun 1, 2006
    This movie was fast paced, entertaining and fresh. The two lead characters aren't bad to look at either. Loved the music and acrabatics!
  7. [Anonymous]
    Jun 12, 2006
    Action porn. Uninspired dialogue and story delivered by stuntmen instead of actors.

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