DISTRICT B13 | Film | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper


When a stray nuclear warhead ends up in Paris' lawless District B13, a cop (Cyril Raffaelli) and a local vigilante (David Belle) must team up to prevent certain disaster. The plot isn't the point in Pierre Morel's slam-bam pic; it's the action, specifically parkour, or the art/sport of running, jumping and flipping at top speed through urban obstacles, such as railings, balconies and rooftops. Raffaelli and Belle, both former stunt men, engage in high-speed balletic routines in which their nimble bodies flip-flop down the side of a building or somersault over a moving car. It's as if Cirque du Soleil were on the run from the law in some sprawling public-housing complex. B13 is a tight, economical package, with rough-edged humor that's probably twice as funny in French, and some of the niftiest body work ... no CGI, no wires ... you'll see on screen this year. In French, with subtitles. (AH)


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