Thursday, October 05, 2006

District B13


District B13 is probably the first movie I’m recommending on the basis of just a single sequence! It is an over-the-top, poorly-acted, simplistic French film with a plot straight out of a James Bond flick. But the few action sequences in the film make it a worthwhile watch for action movie fans.

The sequence I was talking about happens a few minutes into the movie, when the hero is chased by a bunch of bad guys. Starting with breaking down the door of his apartment, he squeezes through tight spots, jumps across stairwells, careens down ladders and leaps across rooftops with moves that would put even Jackie Chan to shame. The jumps, leaps and glides are performed with exquisite smoothness and grace and with the racy techno music in the background, the chase is truly exhilarating.

The problem is that the chase starts the movie off on such an adrenaline rush that it is impossible for what comes after that to match up to it. There are a few more stunts, gunfights and chases that are impressive on their own. In another movie, the casino raid and the two heroes' race near the end would've been standout sequences. But coming after the first chase, they end up being a little disappointing here.

7 Comments:

At 11:20 PM, Anonymous ram said...

the other day, was watching parts of baasha...realized after years of watching mediocre rajni films, what Star Value he could exhibit...reason why i mention this in this post is coz i think that the scene where he bashes up anandaraj is alone worth the price of admission...have u noticed the sound of trains blaring out in the background when yuvarani has a stunned reaction on her face the moment she sees rajni explode? thatz what directing a star is all abt...the use of images and sounds to add to that aura...

 
At 4:55 AM, Blogger skanda said...

wish i can watch this movie...too bad other than holywood movies, we do not get international movies here....

 
At 8:21 AM, Anonymous FilmNewsAnandhi said...

This is a general comment about your blopsopt and also about your geocities review site.
Balaji how do you get the time and energy to do so many reviews?

I like your writing style.

 
At 9:44 PM, Blogger narayanan said...

bb, did u watch Departed ?

skanda, you missed one big source for such movies ;-)

 
At 4:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

an unheard of movie, no?. how did you choose it?

 
At 9:42 PM, Blogger Sundar Narayanan said...

see post..

he he

:)

 
At 1:51 AM, Blogger Sweety said...

Hi Balaji, happen 2 look at ur blog very recently..
I like your writing style & the way u present them ...
Fantastic Balaji :)

 

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