If you liked the opening chase-and-fight sequence of Casino Royale, you’ll probably also enjoy District B13, a French film chock full of the same kind of nimble chasing and fighting techniques. The technique used in both movies is “parkour“: “an activity with the aim of moving from one point to another as efficiently and quickly as possible, using principally the abilities of the human body.” It was invented by David Belle, one of the two main characters in the movie. He’s phenomenal to watch in action.
The movie isn’t profound, but it’s enjoyable for what it is. It has a engaging plot, a non-horrible theme, and well-drawn characters. That’s already better than most of what’s produced today!
Also, the other main character in District B13, Cyril Raffaelli, also worked on Brotherhood of the Wolf, another French film I like enough to own. It’s a well-done historical thriller with some kick-ass fight sequences.