When French futuristic action thriller District 13 was released in 2006 it acted like a showcase for free-running – you know, those running and jumping stunts (also known as parkour) that have since more famously featured in Bond movies Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.
Read more about free-running here.
District 13‘s story is set in Paris in 2010 (that’s next year!!) where the authorities have abandoned the city’s crime-ridden 13th district to its gangs and drug lords. But when an enormously powerful missile ends up in the sealed-off ghetto, an elite police officer has to join forces with a police-hating convict in order to track it down and defuse it.
There are two main reasons for watching District 13 tonight:
1. The stunts are truly amazing.
2. The sequel District 13: Ultimatum comes out at select UK cinemas from tomorrow before being released on DVD on 26th October.
Film 4 is showing the French language (subtitled) version of District 13 tonight at 9pm.