DVD Review by Kam Williams
Headline: Disappointing Sequel Fails to Measure up to Original
In 2006, District B-13 arrived from
However, Morel, who made the equally-intense Taken, was not signed to shoot the sequel. Instead, he was replaced by Patrick Allesandrin who had no experience in the high-impact thriller genre. And it shows.
The best thing about the original was its acrobatic fight sequences, starting with that eye-popping, opening chase scene. So, as District 2 unfolds, you’re naturally expecting another spectacular series of stunts right after the credits. But we’re forced to wait so long that by the time it finally arrives it feels a tad anticlimactic.
The story is set in
However, the plot thickens considerably when our heroes catch wind of a diabolical government plan to bomb the ghetto and turn the land over to avaricious real estate developers with gentrification in mind. At that juncture, Damien and Leito enter an unholy alliance with the local hoodlums to save the dilapidated district.
The rabid rainbow coalition proceeds to take on the corrupt politicians and gendarmes behind the evil scheme. Finally the action picks up, especially with the help of Tao (Elodie Yung), a ravenous beauty capable of dispatching dudes with a twirl of her deadly, waist-length mane.
Is District 13 II a bomb? Not by a long shot. Just disappointing, if you’re expecting this adventure to measure up to the mesmerizing first installment.
Very Good (2.5 stars)
Rated R for profanity, violence and drug use.
In French with subtitles.
Running time: 101 Minutes
Distributor: Magnolia Home Entertainment
DVD Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, production diary, music video, “The Making of” featurette, and an HDNet look at the film.