5 Parkour-Packed Movies to See After ‘Brick Mansions’
Brick Mansions, the late Paul Walker’s second-to-last film, opened this Friday with an estimated box office of $3.6 million according to Box Office Mojo. Like District B13 — the original French action movie that it is based on — Brick Mansions features amazing stunts that are based on the acrobatic running discipline known as parkour. District B13, or Banlieue 13, was widely credited with bringing this French discipline into the mainstream and much of the film’s appeal came from its dynamic action sequences that featured parkour founder David Belle and prominent parkour practitioners such as Cyril Raffaelli.
Belle reprises his role as a streetwise crime fighter in the remake, while Paul Walker plays the role of the undercover cop that was originally played by Raffaelli. Unfortunately, early reviews of Brick Mansions suggest that the remake fails to recapture the excitement that made the original French movie a cult hit. Some reviewers took issue with the film’s unbelievable plot twists, while others criticized Walker’s lack of actual parkour skills.
“The action, which in addition to traditional fistfights involves diving through windows and bouncing off walls — and sometimes people — suffers considerably from Walker’s obvious deficiencies as a physical performer,” noted Washington Post film critic Michael O’Sullivan. While fans of Paul Walker may still want to check out the popular Fast and Furious film franchise star in one of his last roles, there are also plenty of other films from which fans of watching people flying, jumping, and running over obstacles can get their parkour fix. Here are five films that feature amazing action scenes with parkour-based stunt work.