Thursday, April 24, 2014

Brick Mansions
Opens April 25th, 2014
1 hr 29 mins
Rated PG-13
Drama, Suspense/Thriller


Camille Delamarre

Paul Walker as Damien Collier
David Belle as Lino Dupree
RZA as Tremaine Alexander
Robert Maillet as Yeti
Carlo Rota as George the Greek
Kwasi Songui as Big Cecil
Paskal Monfret as Lil Cecil

Review by Stephen M.

Brick Mansions which is a remake of a French action film District B13 is one of Paul Walker's last full films before his death.  Unfortunately it is not a film that will bring any of the actors or filmmakers accolades.  Aside from the cool parkour moves that David Belle displays, the rest of the film is full of cliches, bad acting and questionable cinematography.

The movie starts off with some promising premises that reminds me of Vertigo's DMZ comic book and HBO's The Wire.  Throw in some insanely slick moves of Parkour as we see Lino (David Belle) escape from Brick Mansions drug lord henchmen, and you have a promising beginning.

Brick Mansions is Detroit's answer to criminals, by walling them up in a neighborhood to do as they see fit.  No law enforcement, social services, fireman and hospitals are around anymore.  Entrances are guarded by a somewhat shady army.  Lino a local resident sick of the drug dealings has an uphill battle against an army led by the drug lord Tremaine (RZA).  Tremaine is your typical crime boss, a left over character tossed away by HBO's The Wire.  His lieutenants are not much better, and elicits more laughs than frights of terror.

Luckily Lino is not alone with police officer Damien (Paul Walker) on a mission to bring down Tremaine as well.  When the Mayor of Detroit asks Damien to retrieve a stolen bomb, Damien and Lino becomes unlikely partners.  Aside from the atrocious acting from the said above, the action while good is unbelievable and not in a good way.  A sniper on the roof unable to hit anything.  A car with a heavy artillery gun unable to hit lick in a high speed car chase.  There's just not a whole lot of dying in the film despite all that shooting.  Why wouldn't the official be able to activate the device by remote from his office?  Yeah, not a whole lot makes sense.

Overall, the film makes a good lazy watch on Netflix one day but not if you have to pay full price at the theaters.  Paul Walker while respectable in the film, is very generic in character, even having some racing scenes in a sporty GT.  If you're a fan of parkour, it's pretty cool to see it in the movie though most of it is just in the beginning.


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