I am going to have to start paying more attention to my friends on Netflix. Usually, these social networking sites that attempt to predict what you like based on what you have in common with other people don’t do a very good job. The past couple of films I have tried based on other’s recommendations in Netflix have been surprisingly spot-on. I reviewed Battle Royale a couple weeks back after seeing it on Kymberlie McGuire‘s list. After having great luck with that film, I chose another off her list, District B13. This 2004 film redefines action flicks. I really can’t find anything bad to say about it. I guess the worst thing would be that the overall story is a ripoff of Escape from New York sortof, but I loved that film so how bad could it be? Actually, the only thing it takes from Escape is that it takes place in a city walled off and filled with the dregs of society.

0609_Belle-rooftop.jpgThe year is 2010, the city is Paris, the action is amazing. The stars of the show are David Belle (co-founder of the sport of Parkour) and stuntman Cyril Raffaelli (his signature move is jumping through an open window of a car into the driver’s seat.)

As explained in the Wikipedia article linked above, this style of movement has really caught on in filmmaking.

The most notable appearances in films:

* District 13 (2004)
* The Great Challenge (2004)
* The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
* Casino Royale (2006)
* Breaking and Entering (2006)
* Live Free or Die Hard (Die Hard 4.0) (2007)
* The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

Add the ultimate in reality-based stuntwork, some of the better French to English dubbing, a compelling storyline, and excellent visuals and you have a very fun movie. It’s not Shakespeare, but hey – even he liked to screw off once in awhile.

RATING 9 out of 10