Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Video of the Week -- chase scene from 'District B13'

Here's a hyper-kinetic chase scene from the French action film 'District B13'. It was released on DVD in 2005, and was produced by Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Professional). The person being chased in this scene is one of the original inventors of the sport/art known as 'parkour', or sometimes also referred to as 'free-running.' If you like what you see here, track the movie down and give it a rent sometime. The cover art is pretty bad, and the plot is a thinly-veiled rip-off of 'Escape from New York', but the pacing is fantastic, and it's got some of the best stunt work I've seen in a film in years (as evidenced by the clip you're about to see):

P.S. This video clip is in French with no subtitles, but the DVD and Blu-Ray both are subtitled in English, or have a really bad English-dubbed track for the illiterate...

P.P.S. We'll just go ahead and make it a Video Double Feature this week. Here's another action scene from the same movie. Visceral, well-edited, and completely over-the-top:

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