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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:

* ApologeticAttacker: Damien excuses himself at knocking [[spoiler:Leito]] off his way to deactivate the bomb.
* 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, especially Leito and Damien.
* BoxedCrook: Leito is first unknowingly recruited by the police and later allies himself with Damien for his own motives.
* 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 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]].
* 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.
* 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.
* CombatParkour: Done by both Damien and Leito.
* 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, though only after the film shows her as a pretty capable gal herself.
* DeathGlare: Leito loves these, and especially notable is the one he throws to [[spoiler:Minister of Defense Kruger]] after learning he has no problems with killing all the B13 inhabitants.
* DestinationDefenestration: More than once from the galleries of the casino Damien clears out at the beginning of the film.
* 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.]]
* EngineeredPublicConfession: [[spoiler:Leito and Damien concoct one to take minister Kruger down after his failed plan.]]
* 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 too much formally trained for a street fighter like him.
* FireForgedFriends: Leito and Damien.
* 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''': ''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: Freely used.
* GunFu: Neatly showed by Damien when he guns down several mooks by armlocking another henchman and making him fire his own pistol against them. In the DVD extended edition, he takes another guy down with a flying armbar and repeats the method before shooting him the last from the hold.
* 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.]]
* 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]].
* KnuckleCracking: A neck variation by Yeti.
* 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.
* 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.
* MagicCountdown: The countdown on the bomb is set for 24 hours, since it's not a series, it is shortened considerably. See also HeroicBSOD.
* MasterOfUnlocking: Damien. Even Leito calls him a master of the stuff.
* NeckSnap: Damien finishes a mook this way.
* NeutronBomb
* OhCrap: Right in Damien's face when his superior refuses negotiating with Taha and nonchalantly hangs up the phone to leave him to his fate. He has the NervesOfSteel to hide it and pretend he has being given confirmation, however.
* PetTheDog: A small one by Damien when he turns down K2's offer to give him Leito and freely leave with the bomb, which would have been the easiest way for him to fulfill his mission. After an oddissey of barking at each other and getting himself almost screwed by Leito several times, Damien has come to care for him enough to protect the street fighter from falling on the thugs's hands if he can avoid it.
* ShoePhone: Supercop Damien shows a less colorful variation by pulling a mobile phone from the sole of his sneaker. It is enough to amuse Leito.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Instrumental to the film. While both are pretty street-wise, Damien and Leito tilt to opposite sides in the scale: Damien is TheIdealist and Leito is TheCynic. At the end, [[spoiler:Leito]] is right.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Both Leito and Damien clearly distrust each other from the start, but they are smart enough to know that teaming up is the only way to solve the matter. At the end, they have become friends.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Man, the world is really fucked up in... 2010? But... Actually, that's about right.
* WireDilemma: The code for the bomb.
* WithMyHandsTied
* WrestlerInAllOfUs:
** Damien knocks out a mook taking his back by doing rolling snapmare over a table.
** Later Yeti gives Damien a military press drop and a guwrench powerbomb over bricks. Ouch.
** Also, in the DVD extended edition, Damien takes out a mook by doing a shooting star knee drop over his back.
* 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: 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.
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