History Film / Banlieue13

14th May '16 7:23:07 PM Kalaong
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[[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture In the near future]], the worst ghettos (''banlieues'') of Paris are literally walled off. Banlieue 13, one of the worst of them, is run by the ruthless crime lord Taha. After Leito, the hero of the story, steals and destroys a shipment of Taha's drugs, Taha retaliates by kidnapping Leito's sister Lola. Leito rescues her, but is arrested by corrupt cops, leaving his sister in Taha's clutches.

Six months later, an undercover supercop named Damien is given an urgent mission: Taha has stolen a NeutronBomb which has an automatic timer function engaged and set to detonate in less than 24 hours. Now with time running out, Damien and Leito must work together to find and stop the bomb, but there's far more to this crisis than either of them know.

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[[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture In the near future]], the worst ghettos (''banlieues'') of Paris are literally walled off. Banlieue 13, one of the worst of them, is run by the ruthless crime lord Taha. After Leito, the hero of the story, steals and destroys a shipment of Taha's drugs, Taha retaliates by kidnapping Leito's sister Lola. Leito rescues her, but is arrested by corrupt cops, leaving who surrender his sister to Taha and his gang. Leito murders the police captain in Taha's clutches.

retaliation, and is imprisoned.

Six months later, an undercover supercop named Damien is given an urgent mission: Taha has stolen a NeutronBomb which has an automatic timer function engaged and set to detonate in less than 24 hours. Now with time running out, Damien and is ordered to [[RecruitingTheCriminal befriend Leito]] as a guide into the ghetto, which has degraded to an outright war zone in the police's absence. Though unwilling to trust him, Leito must work together agrees to help Damien find and stop the bomb, but there's far more to this crisis than either of them know.
18th Nov '15 12:47:38 PM Cieloazul
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* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Yeti's bones are hard enough to break concrete with the fists and to survive to a block clock in the head, not to mention that he can take a Creator/JohnWoo-style flying dropkick in the belly and not moving one inch off from his position. The film is quite physically realistic to that point (all the stunts are real and without wires or CGI), but this oddity is never explained; if anything, the only reason for his super-endurance appears to be simply [[{{Kevlard}} that he is fat]].

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* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Yeti's bones are hard enough to break concrete with the fists and to survive to a block clock in the head, not to mention that he can take a Creator/JohnWoo-style flying dropkick in the belly and not without moving one inch off from his position. The film is quite physically realistic to until that point (all the stunts are real and without wires or CGI), but this oddity is never explained; if anything, the only reason for his super-endurance appears to be simply [[{{Kevlard}} that he is fat]].



* ConcealmentEqualsCover: Brillianty averted. When facing a squad of armed mooks, Damien flips a table before them and takes cover behind, but he does it just to remove himself to their vision and move along, as the bullets go through the wood as real life ammunition would.

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* ConcealmentEqualsCover: Brillianty Brilliantly averted. When facing a squad of armed mooks, Damien flips a table before them and takes cover behind, but he does it just to remove himself to from their vision and move along, along as the bullets go through the wood as real life ammunition would.



* FightingFingerprint: Leito is able to deduce Damien's identity as a cop after seeing him fight, noting that his style looks too much formally trained for a street fighter like him.

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* FightingFingerprint: Leito is able to deduce Damien's identity as a cop after seeing him fight, noting that his style looks too much formally trained for a street fighter like him.



* HeroicBSOD: Damien has one when [[spoiler:the timer on the bomb reaches zero but fails to detonate, revealing that Leito's proclamation of GodwinsLaw was correct and the minister did plan on killing everyone in Banlieue 13. The mix of shock for being still alive after what he believed it was inminent death and realizing that his superiors are really genocide wannabes after wall takes reflects quite on his face.]]

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* HeroicBSOD: Damien has one when [[spoiler:the timer on the bomb reaches zero but fails to detonate, revealing that Leito's proclamation of GodwinsLaw was correct and the minister did plan on killing everyone in Banlieue 13. The mix of shock for being still alive after what he believed it was inminent death and for realizing that his superiors are really genocide wannabes after wall takes all reflects quite on his face.]]



* MadeOfIron: He might not seem it, but Damien proves he is a tough dude when he is punched around by a really big quarreler and even powerbombed over a pile of bricks. He looks adequately dazed and afterwards, but the fact he's still alive is enough.

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* MadeOfIron: He might not seem it, but Damien proves he is to be a tough dude when he is gets punched around by a really big quarreler and even powerbombed over a pile of bricks. He looks adequately dazed and beaten down afterwards, but the fact he's still alive is enough.enough to count.
17th Nov '15 3:31:43 PM eroock
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* ForcedFriendlyFire: Undercover detective Damien has to get out of a dangerous casino the hard way. So he pulls off an impressive example of the trope, shooting several mooks from multiple angles by locking up a thug's arm in various ways. He also shoots the thug through his leg. He then grabs another mook's arm and forces him to spray bullets around harmlessly before knocking him out.
28th Aug '15 4:19:50 AM MidnightMan
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In the near future, the worst ghettos (''banlieues'') of Paris are literally walled off. Banlieue 13, one of the worst of them, is run by the ruthless crime lord Taha. After Leito, the hero of the story, steals and destroys a shipment of Taha's drugs, Taha retaliates by kidnapping Leito's sister Lola. Leito rescues her, but is arrested by corrupt cops, leaving his sister in Taha's clutches.

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[[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture In the near future, future]], the worst ghettos (''banlieues'') of Paris are literally walled off. Banlieue 13, one of the worst of them, is run by the ruthless crime lord Taha. After Leito, the hero of the story, steals and destroys a shipment of Taha's drugs, Taha retaliates by kidnapping Leito's sister Lola. Leito rescues her, but is arrested by corrupt cops, leaving his sister in Taha's clutches.



An English-language remake of this film, ''Film/BrickMansions'', was released in North America on April 25, 2014, and in its native France two days earlier. It once again stars David Belle, this time sharing protagonist duties with Creator/PaulWalker in his last completed role before his death.

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An English-language [[ForeignRemake English-language]] remake of this film, ''Film/BrickMansions'', was released in North America on April 25, 2014, and in its native France two days earlier. It once again stars David Belle, this time sharing protagonist duties with Creator/PaulWalker in his last completed role before his death.



* ForeignRemake: ''Film/BrickMansions'', again with David Belle as the LeParkour-savvy crook.



* GovernmentConspiracy: [[spoiler:the theft of the bomb was engineered by the government to wipe out the slums]].

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* GovernmentConspiracy: [[spoiler:the [[spoiler:The theft of the bomb was engineered by the government to wipe out the slums]].



* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Man, the world is really fucked up in... 2010? But... Actually, that's about right.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Man, the world is really fucked up in... 2010? But... Actually, [[TruthInTelevision that's about right.right]].
29th Jun '15 6:59:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* StrappedToARocket: Taha makes sure to tie Leito's sister Lola (whom he had already kept as a catatonic slave for about a year) to the nuclear missile he stole before shooting it at the Paris city centre.
18th May '15 1:10:36 PM Morgenthaler
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Features David Belle showcasing LeParkour back before it was very well known in the English-speaking world. Dubbed into English as ''District 13'' or ''District B13''. A sequel, ''Banlieue 13: Ultimatum'' was released in 2009.

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Features David Belle showcasing LeParkour back before it was very well known in the English-speaking world. Dubbed into English as ''District 13'' or ''District B13''. A sequel, ''Banlieue 13: Ultimatum'' ''Film/Banlieue13Ultimatum'' was released in 2009.



!!The sequel provides examples of;

* AirVentPassageway: Leito takes one to avoid the door of a [[CardboardPrison cell department]], and later he and Damien hide in another. The second one is ample enough to comfortably shelter them both and give them space to change impressions.
* AffablyEvil: Gassman presents himself as a suave, professional guy.
* BavarianFireDrill: Leito and Damien's final option to move through police building whose cells they have just escaped from: [[RefugeInAudacity casually walking among the rest of the personnel.]] It doesn't last very much, but it deserves a dime for them.
* BlackHelicopter
* BlandNameProduct: A defence contractor called "Harriburton". ''Subtle.''
* BraidsOfAction Tao’s [[RapunzelHair knee-length ponytail]] has a blade fastened into it which she uses as an EpicFlail.
* BrassBalls: Black gangster Molko informs the victim of a GroinAttack that it wouldn’t have hurt him, as "theirs are like concrete".
* BriefcaseFullOfMoney
* ByTheBookCop: Invoked, but not necessarily achieved; Damien [[DiscussedTrope says]] that “the civil code is his bible”, but as Leito notes, if so he seems to be [[CowboyCop more interested in the spirit of the rules than the letter of them.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Seeing Tao, it seems that the Chinese government doesn't fear trusting in very weird people.
* CarCushion: Damien’s SuperWindowJump.
* CardboardPrison: The cell department of the police building looks like any other cell department in the world, but it is little prison to contain Leito and Damien.
* CombatPragmatist: Like the former film, Leito and Damien take a fighting approach regarding their respective skills: Damien clears the way kicking and knocking everybody with his martial arts while Leito uses his CombatParkour to get himself out of danger and cause them to harm themselves.
* TheDragon: Roland
* DragonLady: Tao.
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:All the rival gangs decide to team up to stop the destruction of B13.]]
* EscalatingWar: Between the gangs and police.
* BittersweetEnding: At the end of the film, [[spoiler:Gassman's plans to blow D13 and displace all the poor into the other districts is thwarted, and the leads get the promise from the President to rebuild the district with new low-income housing and better urban planning. Assuming, evidently, that five mafiosos, a cop and a street fighter will be able to get that point across and avoid a broken promise like the one who gives start to the very film.]]
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: Parkour example, as everybody seems to know it, from the DISS soldiers to the gangsters. None of them has Leito's level, however.
* FacelessMooks: The DISS goons, who wear [[GasMaskMooks gas masks.]]
* FiringInTheAirALot: In the opening pan across the anarchy that is B13.
* GangOfHats: Several of these [[EnemyMine team up]], including {{Generic Ethnic Crime Gang}}s of Africans, Arabs and Chinese, a gang of UsefulNotes/{{skinheads}} and [[MoreDakka a gang of gun-runners]]. The [[TheDon heads]] of these form a FiveTokenBand with Leito for the final showdown.
* GeneralRipper: Gassman.
* GetIntoJailFree: Leito uses a cheeky version of this tactic to get into the cells and free Damien.
* HarmlessLadyDisguise: [[spoiler:Damien]] disguises himself as a stripper, and amazingly, he is good enough to pass for it for ''months''.
* HeroesFightBarehanded: Enforced by Damien and Leito before the final raid, as they are going to assault a government building and emphasis is done in not to harm its personnel. The soldiers guarding the president are actually seen trying to draw their weapons, but they end overpowered by a wave of incredibly badass streetfighters and are forced to fight hand-to-hand as well, getting the shorter end of the stick without deaths as Damien planned.
* HumiliationConga: [[spoiler: TheDragon is literally brought to his knees via a GroinAttack from Damien and is humiliated by each of the gang bosses as they pass by him. The BigBad is disarmed by the heroes when he tries to use the president as a hostage and then receives a beatdown from each of the gangsters before being rolled up in a rug.]]
* InformationWantsToBeFree
* {{Introdump}}: The gang parlay, cortesy of Leito.
* KnowledgeBroker: Tao, who owns a makeshift military HackerCave.
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: Roland suggests this, but [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty Damien points out]] that you don’t get to decide when "the rules" apply and when they don’t.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: The BigBad's plan is to incite a war between the gangs and the police in order to justify clearing them out.
* MacheteMayhem: We’re told this is Molko’s WeaponOfChoice, [[InformedAttribute but he never gets to use one]].
* MookChivalry: A fatal mistake by the soldiers who surround Tao.
* NippleAndDimed: Tao’s outfit involves a see-through top and some well-placed pasties.
* OneManArmy: Damien, who Leito notes has not lost his senses.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: [[spoiler:A nice-but-ineffectual mixture of President Personable and President Focus Group, he spends most of his time flip-flopping over whether to go along with the EvilChancellor's scheme or not.]]
* TheQuietOne: Karl the skin only says roughly three words through the entire film.
* RedOniBlueOni: Damien and Leito somehow alternate between one and other, right away from the well defined archetype. Damien is the most idealistic and energetic in contrast with the cool and streetwise Leito, but it is Leito who uses the HotBlooded IndyPloy tactis while Damien's prefers cold head and GuileHero tactics.
* SheFu / WaifFu: Tao, involving the most extreme example of a TomboyishPonytail ever (see Braids of Action).
* ShoutOut: A somber Asiatic character with dark eyes and strange gestures who is crouching barefoot on furniture while eating wanly, all of them in a dark lit HackersCave? It looks like [[Franchise/DeathNote L Lawliet]] has got a DistaffCounterpart.
* StateSec: The DISS
* UseYourHead: Skinhead Karl, who can destroy cars with his head.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Damien and Leito are solid pals, but they spend a good part of their time snarking at each other.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: It's entirely possible David Belle spends less time wearing a shirt than not.
* WorldOfBadass: It's District B13, after all.
13th May '15 11:22:01 AM Black_Diesel
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7th Apr '15 9:33:44 AM Cieloazul
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* BittersweetEnding: At the end of the film, [[spoiler:Gassman's plans to blow D13 and displace all the poor into the other districts is thwarted, and the leads get the promise from the President to rebuild the district with new low-income housing and better urban planning. Assuming, evidently, that five mafiosos, a cop and a street fighter will be able to get that point across and avoid a broken promise like the one who gives start to the very film.]]


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* TheQuietOne: Karl the skin only says roughly three words through the entire film.
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