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Train Hard - Stay Humble

A lot more explosions and gunfire this time around, it seems.

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Comment by Fyrel on March 19, 2010 at 9:54am
Even better: they can hook up with the local traceurs and actually do parkour!
Comment by SafeNSure on March 19, 2010 at 9:05am
Movie critics recognize "parkour" as most valuable asset:

"Movies of this sort are growing increasingly indistinguishable from video games. Mow down the hirelings, fight the boss, grab the loot, or clue, or whatever. Rinse and repeat.

The only things to really recommend with "District 13: Ultimatum" are the chase sequences, which incorporate the art of parkour, or free running. You might remember this from the opening sequence of the James Bond reboot "Casino Royale." A kind of extreme sport crossed with martial arts, it involves running full tilt through urban environments - jumping, rolling dodging and weaving with amazing agility.

Director Patrick Alessandrin, working from producer Besson's script, films these chases skillfully, using extended takes and a moving camera so that you can see and appreciate the athleticism and stunt work involved. This is a welcome trend, actually, as audiences are beginning to tire of CGI effects and heavily edited action scenes where there is no sense of real human movement.

Unfortunately, to get to the parkour scenes you have to suffer through the rest of the movie, with its dopey plot, humorless tough-guy dialogue and casual extreme violence. Perhaps I'm getting old, but I'm so very, very tired of watching people get shot in movies.

My suggestion: Make some popcorn, search YouTube for some parkour compilations, and stay home instead.
"

:D

(source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/03/19/394398/the-sequel-to-a-tires...)
Comment by puck on October 25, 2009 at 5:58pm
nice. can't wait for the sequel.
Comment by Seng on January 30, 2009 at 4:05am
There is always a lot of padding, just watch some of the making-of videos on the movie site, there's padding even on drops around a meter high.

As to the last shot, that is pretty insane. It looks to be a drop of about 2-3 stories, which is probably a story more than the drop in the first B13. Distance is definitely another factor- I wonder if he's going for the closer one with more drop or the further one with less drop.
Comment by hillexallen on January 29, 2009 at 6:30pm
Yeah, the underbar one is sort of crappy editing...

I'm not even sure how they did the jump. Either they had huge amounts of padding, it's computer-generated, or David Belle is REALLY amazing.
Comment by Fyrel on January 29, 2009 at 5:46pm
I don't think so (at least for the backflip one). If you look at the first angle, when he does the underbar and starts going up, his body doesn't have nearly enough momentum to get up there, and it's at the wrong angle, besides. He'd be able to do a gainer from that position, but not pop up 5 feet over a railing. When the shot cuts, he suddenly jumps up a foot or two within a frame. The last jump I can believe, but there'd be an obscene amount of netting/padding.
Comment by hillexallen on January 29, 2009 at 4:53pm
Yeah, I'm pretty convinced that both of those are pure "Hollywood Effects." If they weren't: DAMN! DAVID IS EVEN BETTER THAN I THOUGHT!
Comment by Fyrel on January 29, 2009 at 3:00pm
In like 20 days, even! What confuses me about that trailer is the underbar/backflip thing he does, along with the last roof jump.....they can't be real. Why would Belle do something like that? :\
Comment by SafeNSure on January 29, 2009 at 12:33am
Getting REALLY close...
Comment by Iliketovaultthings on January 4, 2009 at 12:13am
oh yeah... and casino royal DID NOT suck... Are you kidding me? Jakie Chan kicked ass with the sword. and fighting multiple enemies is always much easier than just one on one combat. Rush Hour 3 was awesome.

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