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An English-language remake of Banlieue13, it 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 Paul Walker in his last completed role before his death.

This movie provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass: Not that David Belle's character was not badass in the original, but this version of him features more conventional fighting than just parkouring around and playing with his opponents.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Tremaine is a lot more sympathetic than Taha, the Big Bad from the French original that he is largely based on. Taha was a complete lunatic of a drug kingpin who regularly murdered his own followers, and threatened to destroy the city with a stolen bomb just to extort a ransom from the government. Tremaine is an ex-soldier who is actually shown to sincerely care for his men, and whose motives for threatening to blow up the city are based on his legitimate grievances with the corrupt government for abandoning the district.
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  • Call to Agriculture: The last scene shows K-2 helping plant trees in Brick Mansions.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Several between Lola and Razor. Lola eventually drops Razor off the roof the rocket is on.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Tremaine is an ex-soldier who does all he can to keep the peace in Brick Mansions, though his methods 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 Corrupt Politician, and after the Corrupt Politician's Engineered Public Confession, he runs for mayor.
  • Hollywood Law: Lino is apparently convicted and imprisoned for killing the Corrupt Bureaucrat 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.
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  • Jerkass Has a Point: 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Just about every main character. Tremaine even has severance packages for his gang's families for if they get killed.
  • Karma Houdini: Tremaine runs for mayor at the end, apparently with nothing said about his criminal history.
  • Panty Shot: Happens several times as Lola's getting hauled around.
  • Psycho Lesbian: 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.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Inverted as Lola is changed from Leito/Lino's sister in the original to his ex-girlfriend.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: Applies even more in the original; that 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.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Lino seems nigh-incapable of solving problems without using Parkour. This is contrasted with Collier's resourcefulness and adaptability.
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