District 13: Ultimatum

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District 13: Ultimatum
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DVD cover
Directed byPatrick Alessandrin
Produced byLuc Besson
Written byLuc Besson
StarringDavid Belle
Cyril Raffaelli
Distributed byEuropaCorp (France)
Momentum Pictures (UK)
Magnet Releasing (US)
Release date
  • 18 February 2009 (2009-02-18)
Running time
106 minutes
Budget$13.6 million
Box office$14.1 million[1]

District 13: Ultimatum, also known as D13-U (French title Banlieue 13 – Ultimatum or B13-U), is a 2009 sequel to the 2004 French parkour-filled action film District 13. The film, directed by Patrick Alessandrin and written and produced by Luc Besson (who also wrote and produced the first film), sees parkour artists David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli reprising their original roles of Leïto and Damien.[2]


Three years after the events of the original film, the authorities are attempting to return law and order to ravaged District 13. However, their efforts so far have failed to do so; the death of gang overlord Taha Ben Mahmoud has left a power vacuum, and total control of the area is now being fought over by five rival territorial gang lords who want to step into Taha's position. Leïto tries demolishing the walls surrounding the district on a daily basis, but is told to stop by African gang lord Molko, who sees the walls as protection from outside the district.

After single-handedly eliminating a major drug dealer, Damien is framed for drug dealing and arrested, but manages to make a brief call to Leïto to come rescue him.

Meanwhile, corrupt government agents from the Department of Internal State Security (DISS), led by Walter Gassman are bent on destroying the five tower blocks at the heart of District 13 with tactical precision bombing, and building luxury flats after the area is cleared. In order to spark conflict with the district's gangs, the DISS shoot two policemen, dump their car in District 13, and prompt several gang members into gunning down the vehicle, making it look like the gang members killed the policemen; the footage of the incident convinces the French President to carry out the strike. However, the DISS were witnessed killing the policemen and filmed by a teenager named Samir and his friends; the DISS agents soon come after the teen to arrest him, but Samir manages to give his memory card to Leïto before being arrested.

Leïto gets himself arrested in order to get into the prison, he then escapes the police and rescues Damien. After freeing Damien from his cell, they discuss the events (deducing that Damien was framed by DISS to keep him from finding out their plans during the crisis) and further plans, resolving to gather enough proof to expose the DISS agents. While Damien distracts the guards, Leïto breaks into Gassman's office to steal his hard-drive for the evidence that they need. Once they escape and return to District 13, Damien and Leïto convince the five gang lords Tao, Molko, Little Montana, Karl the skinhead, and Ali-K to band together and prevent the destruction of the district. While the President struggles with the decision to destroy District 13, even with the area evacuated, a large number of gang members storm the French Parliament, they eventually reach the President and show him the information that they acquired, proving Gassman is a corrupt DISS agent. Gassman then takes the President hostage and tries to force him to approve the mass demolition. Leïto, Damien, and the gang lords succeed in freeing the President and incapacitating Gassman, earning the President's thanks and a promise to fund District 13's restoration.

With the conflict over and District 13 completely evacuated, the gang lords then decide that it would be better to rebuild District 13 anew rather than try to patch up its remnants; the movie ends with the President authorizing the strike, the District 13 buildings exploding and the president breathing a sigh of relief, stating that he needs a drink.

At the credits, there is a short clip showing the President, the gang lords, Damien and Leïto all joking around and smoking cigars together.



Title : Banlieue 13 : Ultimatum Réalisation : Patrick Alessandrin Written by : Luc Besson Produced by : Luc Besson Music : Da Octopusss, Romain Benabdelkader, Trak Invaders Format : 35 mm Genre Film : Action Running time : 101 minutes Language : French


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 74% based on 74 reviews, and an average rating of 6.1/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "District 13 bites off more than it can chew with its political subtext and questionable script, but the many action sequences are never less than entertaining."[3] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 64 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[4]


The original French language version District B13 Ultimatum was released in France on February 18, 2009;[5] the English language version of District 13: Ultimatum was released in the United Kingdom on October 26, 2009, and it premiered in the US in a free screening in New York on January 28, 2010.[6]

The DVD/Blu-ray was released in France on August 19, 2009; the Region 1 version was released on April 27, 2010.


  1. ^ JP. "B13-U (District 13 - Ultimatum) (2009)- JPBox-Office". www.jpbox-office.com.
  2. ^ "Banlieue 13 ultimatum: Casting complet" (in French). AlloCiné. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  3. ^ "Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum (District 13: Ultimatum) (2009)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "Red Sparrow Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "Banlieue 13 ultimatum" (in French). AlloCiné. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  6. ^ Attend a Free Screening of District 13: Ultimatum in NYC

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