Lock Out Trailer

The President’s daughter. A space station prison. Guy Pearce in a rare action role. This veers dangerously close to cheesy, but it is French, and I love a good French action film (such as Brotherhood of the Wolf, the 2 District 13 films) so will give it a go when it opens in April. It’s also produced and co-written by Luc Besson who knows how to make entertaining movies (Taken, Transporter).

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec Trailer

Premiering on April 14 is this interesting film, based on the works of famed French writer/artist Jaques Tardi. Les aventures extraordinaires d’Adele Blanc-Sec, to use its original name, debuted in 1972. The titular heroine explores the occult and the supernatural. Think a female Indiana Jones, I guess, but a decade earlier. The trailer’s in French, which makes it seem even more attractive and offbeat. It’s written and directed by Luc Besson, who has a generally good track record (Transporter, District B13) so hopefully us non-French speakers will get a chance to see it too.

District B-13

I love a good French film, and because I enjoy comics, I don’t mind reading for my entertainment! I came across this gem a while ago now, and the sequel is just about to be released for us English speaking pop culture lovers. District B-13 was unleashed in 2004 and starred parkour expert David Belle and martial arts expert Cyril Raffaelli in a future Paris that has ignored its troubled suburbs by sealing them off from the outside world. There’s a bomb and a kidnapped sister and such, but the highlight is the running, jumping, kicking, dodging,etc. Parkour is the acrobatic art of using the modern suburban environment as your own playground and the film demonstrates its beautifully.

Written and produced by Luc Besson (The Transporter trilogy amongst many other hip actioners) it’s a great film. The sequel, starring Belle and Raffaelli has already been released in Europe and the rest of us can expect it next month. The trailer is below. Yes, it’s in French, but the video below it, featuring one of the highlights of the original film has subtitles for your viewing pleasure. If you like Jackie Chan or the Thai film Ong-Bak and prefer your action and chase scenes to be without a safety net, or CGI, then you must watch these films. Just make sure you put on the subtitles. Watching a foreign film with dubbing is like reading a gossip mag at an art gallery.

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