David Belle, the founding father of the parkour movement, stars as Lino who is the convict that Paul Walker has to team up with. RZA plays a great villain in this film and sets the stakes high for the two protagonists.
The logline that Netflix states about the film is:
“A cop infiltrates a condemned, militarized Detroit housing project to avenge his father’s death and bring down the killer and reigning drug kingpin.”
I want to make a side note to say that this is a remake of the French film, District 13 and that the reviews on this film are not up to par with the original. I think that is because this film is not edited as well as it could be which affects the plot and major character development. But it is an action-crime-thriller, it makes up for those things by its sheer Hollywood entertainment production value.
Seriously, the parkour sequences, stunts, and the fight scene choreography is a great achievement. You will be thoroughly entertained, keeping you on the edge of your seat.
Luc Besson wrote this film. If you do not know who that is, he is the guy who wrote and directed Lucy, Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element and my personal favorite The Family. All are classic films. Luc Besson is a working class hero when it comes to cinema. His body of work is phenomenal. He wrote District 13 and all of its sequels as well. The dude is very productive.
The last thing I would like to say is that if this were to be Paul Walker’s last completed film, then I am glad that he left us with such a great performance. He was one of the biggest movie star’s of our generation, not an actor, not a celebrity, not face but a movie star. He was the epitome of a movie star who represented “The Good Guy” and that is why his death was so tragic to so many people.
Paul Walker was a good guy.
With that, I will leave you with my favorite quote from him.
“If you spend any time with a man, you’ll realize that we’re all still little boys.” –Paul Walker