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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.

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.

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.

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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!! The first movie provides examples of:

* BadBoss: Taha kills his mooks on the merest whim and for any failure. [[spoiler:This comes back to bite him when they decide to kill him for his tyrannical lunacy.]]
* {{Badass}}: Most of the characters.
* BoxedCrook: Leito. Although he has his own motives to help the police.
* BullfightBoss: Yeti
* CarCushion: One of the baddies lands on one in the first major chase scene.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Taha. From frantically shooting a knowingly unloaded gun against a fence of angry thugs to die while pointing at hem with his hands like guns immediately after.
* ChainedHeat: Damien pretends to be a crook to get in with Leito, who works it out straight away and leaves him handcuffed to a steering wheel.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Yeti's fists are hard enough to break concrete 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 his position. This is never explained; if anything, the only explanation appears to be [[{{Kevlard}} that he is fat]].
* ChickMagnet: There are only three female characters across the two films that really have any role to speak of. Of those, two unashamedly hit on Damien and the third's his girlfriend.
* CombatParkour
* CombatPragmatist: The jumping around and martial arts are pretty fancy to look at, but the heroes have no problem grabbing whatever's at hand to use as a weapon.
* DamselInDistress: Lola.
* TheDragon: K2.
* {{Dystopia}}: Banlieue 13 has turned into a crime-infested ghetto where the people live in fear of Taha and his gang, and the government has stopped trying to help and taken its hands off them.
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler:After the umpteenth time Taha kills one of his mooks for failing him, they turn on him even when he can still pay them.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:B13 isn't immediately restored to pristine condition, but the final scene shows the beginnings of the rebuilding efforts. Applies in the remake as well.]]
* EngineeredPublicConfession
* EvenEvilHasStandards: K2 never really hurts Lola (apart from manhandling her), and tells the other mooks to leave her alone. He also looks distinctly uncomfortable with how Taha treats her.
** Later he turns his back and is visibly upset [[spoiler:while the thugs finally gun down Taha.]]
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: [[spoiler:Taha, to his own thugs]]:
--->''You are all a bunch of useless dipshits.''
* FatBastard: K2 and Yeti.
* FightingFingerprint: Leito is able to deduce Damien's identity as a cop after seeing him fight, noting that his style looks evidently school-trained.
* GayParee
* GiantMook: Yeti.
* GodwinsLaw: Leito invokes this, and notably, all it does is piss Damien off.
-->[[spoiler:'''Damien''': ''You don't murder two million people because you can't solve their problems!''\\
'''Leito''': ''No? They murdered '''six''' million because none of them were blonde with blue eyes!'']]
* GoGoEnslavement: To spite Leito after he almost got Taha arrested, Taha keeps Leito's sister Lola as a chained-up slave and whipping toy in his quarters, forcing her to wear a hooker outfit and feeding her his drugs.
* GovernmentConspiracy: [[spoiler:the theft of the bomb was engineered by the government to wipe out the slums]].
* GroinAttack
* 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 - his superiors did plan on killing everyone in Banlieue 13 rather than spend the money to fix it.]]
* ImprovisedWeapon: Several, but a detached steering wheel deserves a mention.
* IWantThemAlive: Cause of the opening ChaseScene.
* KarmaHoudini: Leito is apparently let off for killing the corrupt chief in the beginning after helping Damien in B13. [[spoiler:In the remake, Tremaine runs for mayor at the end, apparently with nothing said about his criminal history.]]
* KlingonPromotion: An unusually democratic example, when after one too many [[YouHaveFailedMe impromptu executions]] and [[spoiler: the loss of all his operating funds]], the assembled mooks [[spoiler:gun down Taha and immediately recognise [[TheDragon K2]] as their new leader]].
* LeParkour: David Belle, one of the founders of parkour, plays the hero. He [[TheCastShowOff shows off his skills]].
* LesCopsSportif: A rare literal example in Damien.
* MagicCountdown: The countdown on the bomb is set for 24 hours, since it's not a series, it is shortened considerably. See also HeroicBSOD.
* NeutronBomb
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: [[spoiler:President Evil]].
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Instrumental to the film. While both are pretty street-wise, Damien and Leito tilt to opposite sides in the scale, with Damien being TheIdealist to Leito's TheCynic. At the end, [[spoiler:Leito]] is right.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Man, the world is really fucked up in... 2010? But... actually, that's about right. Applies even more in the remake; the original was released in 2003 and took place in 2010, seven years later; the remake was released in 2014 and takes place in 2018, four years later.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: It's entirely possible David Belle spends less time wearing a shirt than not. Becomes unintentionally hysterical.
* WireDilemma: The code for the bomb.
* WithMyHandsTied
* YouHaveFailedMe: Taha kills his mooks for their failures, repeatedly. [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] when as soon as it's revealed that [[spoiler:he's lost most of his money, his mooks turn on him.]]

!!The sequel provides examples of;

* AirVentPassageway: Out of a ''[[CardboardPrison prison]]''.
* 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: One gangster informs the victim of a GroinAttack that it wouldn’t have hurt him; "mine are like concrete".
* BriefcaseFullOfMoney
* BrokenAesop: The ending of the sequel contains one of the most broken aesops ever seen: [[spoiler:After having foiled the villain's plan to blow up Banlieue 13 in order to have it replaced by a rich suburb, and exposed his orchestration of the civil violence leading to that decision, the leaders of all five stereotypical ethnic gangs (Black rastafarians who look like rejects from the Lord's Resistance Army, robe-clad bearded arabs, TriggerHappy portuguese used car salesmen, tattoed asian martial artists and ''white neo-nazi skinheads'') give the French President an "inspirational" speech on how they're like a ''family that protects, unites and brings people together!'' Keep in mind that they all ''voluntarily'' racially segregate themselves into different blocks and have only united to fight a common enemy.]] But wait, it gets worse: [[spoiler:they then decide that it would be better to rebuild Banlieue 13 from scratch and proceed to ''go along with the villain's plan and blow it up anyway!'']]
** Well, to be fair, early on it was mentioned that [[spoiler:if the Big Bad had gotten his way, D13 would've been replaced by middle-upper class housing, displacing all the poor into the other districts. What Leito's posse were probably getting at was replacing it with new low-income housing and better urban planning... assuming 5 walking stereotypes, a kung fu cop, and a free-runner were able to get that point across.]]
* ByTheBookCop: Invoked, but not necessarily achieved; Damien [[DiscussedTrope says]] that “the civil code is my bible”, but if so he seems to be [[CowboyCop more interested in the spirit of the rules than the letter of them...]]
* CarCushion: Damien’s SuperWindowJump.
* CardboardPrison
* TheDragon: Roland
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:All the rival gangs decide to team up to stop the destruction of B13.]]
* EscalatingWar: Between the gangs and police
* FacelessMooks: The DISS goons
* 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: The Big Bad
* GetIntoJailFree: Leito, to free Damien.
* HarmlessLadyDisguise: Damien disguises himself as [[spoiler:a stripper]].
* HeroesFightBarehanded: Enforced by Damien and Leito before the final raid. Not only the heroes, however, given that even the soldiers guarding the president don't wield weapons nor make attemp to draw them even when they can.
* 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 Gang Bosses before being rolled up in a rug.]]
* InformationWantsToBeFree
* {{Introdump}}: The gang parlay.
* KnowledgeBroker: Tao
* 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 seems to use one]].
* MookChivalry
* NippleAndDimed: Tao’s outfit involves a see-through top and some well-placed "pasties".
* 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.]]
* SheFu / WaifFu: Tao, involving the most extreme example of a TomboyishPonytail ever; see BraidsOfAction.
* 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.

!!The Remake Provides Samples Of;

* AdaptationalSexuality: Lola is changed from Leito's sister in the original to his ex-girlfriend in the remake.
* CallToAgriculture: [[spoiler:The last scene shows K-2 helping plant trees in Brick Mansions.]]
* DesignatedGirlFight: Several between Lola and Razor. [[spoiler:Lola eventually drops Razor off the roof the rocket is on.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Tremaine, the gangster in this version, is an ex-soldier who does all he can to keep the peace in Brick Mansions, though his methods [[IDidWhatIHadToDo leave much to be desired]]. He ends up changing his mind about launching the missile and helping the heroes invade City Hall to return the bomb to the CorruptPolitician, and after the CorruptPolitician's EngineeredPublicConfession, he runs for mayor.]]
* HollywoodLaw: Leito is apparently convicted and imprisoned for killing the CorruptBureaucrat police chief in less than two days, judging by the fact that Lola is still in her waitress uniform and doesn't look starved or dirty when he and Damien invade Brick Mansions.
* JerkassHasAPoint: At one point, Tremaine calls Damien out on the fact that the government abandoned Brick Mansions, shutting down the schools, police and hospitals and leaving them to fend for themselves.
* JerkassWithAHeartOfGold: Just about every main character. Tremaine even has severance packages for his gang's families for if they get killed.
* PantyShot: Happens several times as Lola's getting hauled around.
* PsychoLesbian: Razor spends a LOT of time ogling Lola's breasts and trying to cut her clothes off. When they fight, her expressions and the sounds she makes are nearly orgasmic.
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