The premise of B13 (Banlieu 13) is that an inner city (or in Paris an exterior ghetto) has become so unruly, that the city has placed a wall around it. Now, crime goes unchecked and is controlled by organized groups. When a bomb is discovered in the city, our protagonist gets together with a sympathetic cop to defuse the bomb. That's the premise of the movie. The story line is a bit "B" movie-ish. However, the main reason to see this film is for the parcour (city running) and the martial arts scenes. The casino scene is reason enough to rent this film. It's a bit different from American films, so you may like the French twist on things. It's worth a gander if you like action movies.
Sure, the plot is essentially a rip-off of Escape From New York, but the action/fight scenes have to be seen to be believed. absolutely amazing. and isn't that why people watch action movies in the first place? if you like this movie, also check out Ong-Bok: the Tai Warrior. both feature action/fight scenes with no wires, no CGI, and no stunt people. It really brings a level of authenticity so often missing from action flicks. It's kind of like the first time you saw a Jackie Chan movie and were amazed that the guy was doing the stunts and not using wires. also, this movie is French, but features an american-language over-dub (which is really laughable). I would recommend sticking to the subtitles if you can deal with it.
District B13's action, martial arts, and chase scenes are top notch. Foot chases abound because in this film essentially give 'free running' gets its chance to shine. The premise of the movie, though, comes off like a Steven Seagal movie. I'm not knockin' Stephen Seagal, but Stephen, you know what I'm saying; Steven Seagal keeps it real, and his Aikido skills and, well, all those other Steven Seagal skills rock my socks, but I digress, the plot breaks thusly: Basically, "The Man" has cordoned off the project, slum, ghetto, or whatever in which the film is set and there's a bomb in there that could blow up the whole city. It's up to a very sneaky undercover detective from outside of the district, and a street wise landlord, who, in the beggining of the film is seen ripping up a huge amount of heroin and flushing it down the tub. If you like free running or parkour, or you really like action movies, then this would fill the bill. WARNING: This movie is French.