District 13: Ultimatum

February 18th, 2009


District 13: Ultimatum

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Damien and Leito return to District 13 on a mission to bring peace to the troubled sector that is controlled by five different gang bosses, before the city's secret services take drastic measures to solve the problem.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.4/10 (13,397 voted)

Critic's Score: 64/100

Director: Patrick Alessandrin

Stars: Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle, Philippe Torreton

After a successful mission against drug lords, the efficient Captain Damien Tomaso is framed at home with three kilograms of heroin planted by the police in his kitchen and he is arrested. Meanwhile a group of teenagers film the action of dirty agents leaded by Roland from the security agency executing policemen in their car and then leaving the car with the corpses in the 13th District to blame the gangs and begin a civil war. Behind these events, the corrupt chief of the security agency Walter Gassman had received a huge amount as kickback from the constructor Harriburton that has interest to construct buildings in the poor area and uses the situation to force the President of France to authorize to nuke five towers in the district. The teenager with the film is hunted by the police but he delivers the memory card to Leito meanwhile Damien calls him from the precinct asking for help. The...

Cyril Raffaelli - Capt. Damien Tomaso
David Belle - Leïto
Philippe Torreton - Le président de la République
Daniel Duval - Walter Gassman
Elodie Yung - Tao
MC Jean Gab'1 - Molko
James Deano - Karl le skin
Laouni Mouhid - Ali-K (as La Fouine)
Fabrice Feltzinger - Little Montana
Pierre-Marie Mosconi - Roland
Johnny Amaro - Policier centre de contrôle
Pascal D'Amato - Le garde escaller préfecture
Guy Amram - Le chef commando GIGN
Pascal Aubert - Le Chef De Poste
Jean-Gilles Barbier - Le commandant de police


Official Website: Official site [France] | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 18 February 2009

Filming Locations: Belgrade, Serbia

Box Office Details

Budget: €12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: €2,769,105 (France) (22 February 2009) (410 Screens)

Gross: $36,039 (USA) (28 March 2010)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Filming lasted 14 weeks.

Revealing mistakes: At one point, the main character is using what seems like a monocular telescope to oversee the situation. The next shot confirms this when the screen shows as if you were looking through one. However, the device used is not a telescope, but a night vision monocular. Not only the model can be recognized (it's of "Yukon" brand), but also the 2nd (smaller) lens on the device, which is actually a IR emitter. Using this device at day will not allow to see very much. Moreover, the following shot of the telescope view should be green because thats what one sees when viewing in night vision.

Leïto: What are you doing?
Capt. Damien Tomaso: Thinking.
Leïto: I don't like it when you think.

User Review

Highly enjoyable action movie

Rating: 7/10

Highly enjoyable action movie. Great fights, stunts and a good story which lead to a satisfying ending. Even after all this, I still prefer the first movie, because it introduced us to Parkour. Few years later, Parkour is popular the world over and it's because of films like this and Casino Royale. The first movie had arguably the best action sequences I'd seen for a long time, so it's no surprise for a sequel to pop up, which cranks up the action 10 fold. Good performances, especially from the two leads, who have the right chemistry for this action comedy. Both Belle and Raffaelli are chief pratitioners in the art of Parkour, but also show that they're pretty adept at acting too. I hope they make a third movie because it would be great to see these guys on screen together again. One of the better movies of the year unsurprisingly and I say that because I knew what to expect whilst watching this film and I wasn't disappointed. All in all a fun action movie, that many will enjoy, I know I did.


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