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Banlieue 13: Ultimatum (2009)

Banlieue 13: Ultimatum (2009)

The sequel to Banlieue 13 was better than I remembered!

Back in the day I felt it didn't match up to the original at all, but compared to the remake... it's still in a whole other league.

Since the perils of their former adventure: not much has changed in the state of Leito (David Belle) and Damien (Cyril Raffaelli)'s lives. The former's still doing his best to tear down the walls around his neighborhood - from the inside, and the latter's doing his best to catch the criminals outside it. Lola? She's a lose end, as is K2 and his crew. But life in the ghetto's still as chaotic as ever, and though the gangs have it in a mutual choke hold, Leito now seems to be on good terms with all.

How did that happen? Wasn't he at war with the gangs? Lose ends.

This all changes when a new mystery villain enters the scene though, and threatens to not only tear down the walls of the district, but the entire district, and build up a new one in it's place. It's not the government this time, though both our main character's are quickly framed and find themselves on the wrong side of the law, battling both crooks and (both crooked and non) law enforcement alike, and eventually gathering together the big gangs in District 13 for one big raid on the capital.

They make a good team, and the movie adds in a few new; interesting characters for the final fight, though most of the action's still in the beginning phase of the movie. The hype for the final showdown quickly outgrows the actual showdown, and the plot overall... it just doesn't feel as well-planned as the previous. It feels like a sequel for the purpose of a sequel more than for the sake of being conclusive, because it´s really just the same thing once again- with a few new figures on both sides, and an even more endearing set of stunts, albeit with a more optimistic ending.

It's a good movie though, in retrospect. It doesn't have anything particularly new to it, but does bring back most good elements of the former successfully, and take them to a higher level. So as far as sequels go it does a pretty good job! It's no match to the original, but if you want more of the former: this is it. This and (the somewhat unwillingly mentioned combined remake) Brick Mansions.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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