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quietearth [Celluloid 02.08.09] movie review action

[Editor's note: French filmmaker and friend James L. Frachon got to see an early screening of one of our most anticipated films this half of 2009 and was kind enough to write a review for us. Considering he's as picky as I am, I think this is a ringing endorsement, so thanks again James and take it away!]

Year: 2009
Directors: Patrick Alessandrin
Writers: Luc Besson
IMDB: link
Trailer: link
Review by: James L. Frachon
Rating: 7 out of 10

The movie starts where B13 ended.

Damien the cop, drives his buddy Leito to the gates of B13. Damien promises him, that the government will do its best to give B13 a new start. Fade to black. Two years later, the government has changed, but not the rest.

B13 has gotten worse with gangs dividing the area into mini ghettos. Black, Chinese, Arabs, Italians, Easterners, each handling its specialty such as weapons, computers, drugs. Among that mess, Leito’s dream to put down the walls seems far, far away. [Map]

In Paris, DAMIEN works as an outstanding cop, fighting drug dealers. The President of France even wants to give him a medal. But the president is surrounded by an advisor who is not as good as him. This man gets bribed by a company called Haliburton, to convince the President to destroy B13 in order to get the budget to rebuild the place.

In order to do so, they must create chaos among the gangs so that the only answer to riots will be to blow up B13. Of course that is without Damien and Leito on the way.

B13 is a great action movie. A lot of very cool stunts and what one liked on the 1st movie, is back on that second one. Both Damien/Leito are doing an excellent job jumping around Paris and fighting cops. There is humor but no blood. The film is really meant for all audiences.

The acting is pretty basic but if they can’t play, for sure they can run. There is a real message of peace and love in the movie. Almost naïve like most American movies where we should all love each other and walk hand in hand to succeed, but on B13U, it works out and it’s fun. Not common in French movies, and that’s why we have to acknowledge this positive attempt.

The gang leaders are all famous rap singers (in real life). Stunts are performed by both actors and the opening sequence where Damien is dressed like a sexy Chinese hooker fighting drug dealers while holding a 200 million Euros‘s painting of Van Gogh is a fun moment.

Definitely a fun movie and a great 2nd Part to see as soon as it’s released in the US. Plus getting to see action movies in Paris is always a change from the streets of LA or NYC.

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Pat (13 years ago) Reply

thanks for the review. i m deffo looking forward to seeing this. thanks for sheding some more light on the backstory as well - the whole concept of the government creating unrest in B13 to then blow it up subsequently is a nice analogy to what is happening in politics right now as well. More information on the quality of the camera work, set design etc. would have been nice.


Anonymous (13 years ago) Reply

does it use martial arts or is it like the previous one just alot of stunts


lola (13 years ago) Reply

can u please tell me through email:


drooler (13 years ago) Reply

The film was shot in Belgrade, Srbia. So instead of Paris you are mostly seeing Belgrade.


Anonymous (13 years ago) Reply

They actually used the name Haliburton? That's a real company in the US. They got a lot of contracts for rebuilding Iraq. Not so subtle subtext, eh?


Anonymous (13 years ago) Reply

yeah the haliburton stuff is silly. it kinda gives you insight into writer luc besson's child-like (i.e. simple) approach to things.


lancel toulouse (7 years ago) Reply

the Monday fundraiser, the media pool was ushered out given that the president begun take questions in the audience. But perhaps an incriminating
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