District 13: Ultimatum

February 5th 2010
  • Action/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 96 min,
  • Magnolia Pictures
  • Cast: Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle, Philippe Torreton, Daniel Duval, Elodie Yung, MC Jean Gab'i, James Deano, Laouni Mouhid, Fabrice Feltzinger, Pierre-Marie Mosconi, Salim Boughidene, Frédéric Chau, Mahamadou Coulibaly, Sophie Ducasse, Laurent Gérard, Sabria Hadir, Steeve Ly, Grigori Manukov, Gérald Nguyen Ngoc, Arnaud Simon, Christian Sinniger, Sonia Sudi, Sidney Wernicke, Yin Bing
  • Director: Patrick Alessandrin
  • Writer: Luc Besson
  • Producer: Luc Besson
  • Executive Producer: Didier Hoarau
  • Art Direction: Jasna Dragovic
  • Castings: Hervé Jakubowicz, Marc Robert
  • Costume Design: Thierry Delettre
  • D.O.P.: Jean-François Hensgens
  • Makeup: Marie-Pierre Hattabi
  • Music: Da Octopusss
  • Production Design: Hugues Tissandier
  • VFX Supervisor: Alain Carsoux


Two years have passed since elite police officer Damien Tomasso (Cyril Raffaelli) teamed up with reformed vigilante Leito (parkour originator David Belle) to save the notorious District 13, a racially charged ghetto populated by violent drug dealing gangs and vicious killers. Despite government promises to maintain order, the state of the district has deteriorated, and a group of corrupt cops and elected officials are conspiring to cause civil unrest in D13, looking for an excuse to raze the area and cash in on its redevelopment. Now Damian and Leito must join forces again, and use their mastery of martial arts and their unique physical skills to bring peace to the neighborhood by any means necessary… before a proposed nuclear air-strike wipes it off the map. With bone crunching fights and death defying leaps, this adrenaline charged sequel takes the groundbreaking parkour action from "District B13" to thrilling new heights.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Belgrade, Serbia
  • MPAA Warning: Some violence, language and drug material
  • Production Budget: €12 million
  • Production Companies: Europa Corp., TF1 Films Production, CiBy 2000, Canal+, CinéCinéma, Sofica Europacorp
  • Production Schedule: July 2008 - September 2008

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2010 Guide Analysis: "It was the acclaimed 2004 French action film "District 13" that really brought parkour, the sport of free running, into public consciousness. Its subsequent use in various Hollywood efforts from "Casino Royale" to "Live Free or Die Hard" have sadly now made it something that's already lost some of its freshness and edge.

The first 'B13', helmed by Pierre Morel who followed it up with the even bigger international success of "Taken", scored very good reviews. Five years on its sequel has played in Europe and several film festivals where it garnered a similar if somewhat less enthusiastic reaction as Luc Besson-produced action films (e.g. the "Taxi" and "Transporter" series) generally stick to the same formula with minimal variations. One quite noticeable change is that it's longer and features a more pointed political context which makes the pacing more uneven than the first."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 18 February 2009: France
  • 25 March 2009: Belgium
  • 16 April 2009: South Korea
  • 15 July 2009: Iceland
  • 28 August 2009: Poland
  • 3 September 2009: Russia
  • 4 September 2009: Kazakhstan
  • 19 September 2009: Japan
  • 2 October 2009: Bulgaria
  • 5 November 2009: Lebanon
  • 23 April 2010: Taiwan