YMMV: Banlieue 13

  • Anti-Climax Boss: Roland. Damien tells the others to "Leave Him to Me", they square up, Damien cracks his joints... and then takes him out with a single kick to the crotch.
  • Complete Monster: Taha Ben Mahmoud from the first film is a brutal Parisian drug lord who kills anyone he doesn't like, especially his own minions. He controls the largest gang-run ghetto which the government walled off from the rest of the city to stop the further spread of crime. He's largely responsible for the deterioration in the district, but unlike the government he takes an active hand in making things worse by terrorizing the population to submit to his rule and dumping his drugs there. When a group of his minions fail to recover a large stash kept by Leito, he shoots them in quick succession until one of them comes up with an idea. When Leito and his sister Lola almost have him arrested, he uses his power to makes a deal with the cops to imprison Leito instead. He takes Lola so he can keep her as a beaten, drug-addicted sex slave on a leash in his personal quarters. When a nuclear bomb goes missing and is found by his gang, he considers selling it to arms dealers before blackmailing the police and the government with the lives of 2 million people by aiming it at the city centre with a missile launcher. He chains up Lola to the missile for good measure so she'll be incinerated by the launch.
  • Critical Dissonance: Received an awful critical reception in France (probably because the film toys with national ordeals in a very politically incorrect fashion), but didn't do too badly in the box office.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Determine" by Alonso, played over an extended introductory shot at the start of the sequel.
    • When Lola comes out of a drug induced haze on the roof, she notices she's chained directly below the bomb. Does she freak out and try to escape? Nope, she immediately tries to damage or disable the bomb.
  • He Really Can Act: Granted, they are not going to win any Oscars, but David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli really break out in this film, because it's easy to forget you are seeing two stuntmen with little to no acting experience when you look at Leito and Damien. The fact they have done little aside of this work is quite a pity.
  • Nightmare Fuel: What Taha does to Lola. See Complete Monster above.
    • How Leito kills the corrupt police chief in the beginning - by yanking his head through the prison bars (causing blood to pour from his ears) and then decapitating him by slamming his head down.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: It really does seem like Lola was supposed to be Leito's lover, not sister at various points. At one point early on, she tells a mook who likes her moxie "sorry, but I'm taken"... and the only guy she's interacted with was Leito.
  • Sequelitis: The second film is widely considered as inferior to the first one, mainly due to his less realistic action scenes and pretentious plot. Others see it as merely a case of Tough Act to Follow, given how the first film managed to be funny and exciting with a simpler premise.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: People's opinion of the English remake with Paul Walker is everything but nice. They usually cite the horrid dialogue, the fact that Walker is nowhere near Cyril Raffaelli in terms of skill or charisma, and also that David Belle's scenes are often awkwardly filmed to hide the fact that he doesn't speak English.