Brick

Brick

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  • Brick
    2 minutes 24 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Brick Reviews

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August 22, 2014
this was a bit of a waste time... Not worth 80% critics liking it in my opinion ! There are some clever moments here and there and some interesting character dynamics but the dialogues were not always very sharp and the plot was all over the place with the amount of useless characters introduced left and right !
December 30, 2010
The special effects consist of a black plastic bag being dragged across the camera. 10/10, best film ever.
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January 28, 2009
Hard-nosed Dashiell Hammett-style modern noir distinguishes itself with a high school setting and colorful, if at times inscrutable, slangy dialogue. This unique world of drugs and thugs is completely ruled by teenagers with adults only appearing in two instances: a vice principal who makes ineffective disciplinary threats, and the local drug kingpin's cheerily oblivious mother who serves his crew juice with a smile! An involving potboiler with a very effective cast led by Joshua Grodon-Levitt, I've not seen a movie quite like Brick before which earns it extra points.
April 2, 2014
College student trying to find the killer of his ex-girlfriend - already the plot sounds lame!
rickrudge
April 2, 2007
Brick (2006)

I love hard-boiled detective movies, as well as film noir. Rian Johnson has done an excellent job of writing and directing this wild mix of both, as well as a teen movie. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Brendan, a high school loner who wants to get back with his old girlfriend, Emily (Emile De Ravin) but she insists that she's found somebody new.

Soon, Brendan finds her lying dead in a drainage ditch. There's a classroom full of suspects, as well as him. Brendan, with the help of of the class brain (Matt O'Leary), has got to weasel his way around the Vice Principle (Richard Roundtree), the police, and a dangerous drug dealer, The Pin (Lukas Haas) to find out who killed Emily and get even with the guy who did this. There's even several femme fatales thrown in for good measure.

This is an independent film, so the sound isn't the greatest. The kids talk with a weird mix of modern teen lingo and the film noir slang of those 1930s/1940s movies. I really had to throw on the closed captioning on the DVD to understand some of what they were saying. Other than that, it's a great movie, plus, there's the usual twist and turns that comes with a good mystery. It's well worth you seeing.
May 23, 2014
Brick [2006] a modern film noir done in slick fashion. 8/10
April 15, 2014
What do you get when you mix noir with a high school background? Brilliance.
Felix B.
April 13, 2014
Johnson's indie-noir debut is an enjoyably delicate thriller that whispers a definite future in film for the talent on and behind the film.
October 25, 2013
I can't think of anybody other than Rian Johnson who could have gotten away with the whole "gumshoe in high school" thing.
April 12, 2014
Bugsy malone for teenagers
Alex A
April 26, 2012
Brick successfully places a neo-noir tale within a high school setting. While it's characters are interesting and fairly three-dimensional, I didn't find them emotionally attachable. The dialogue is cleverly written, given a snappy, witty and poem-esque sound. Performance-wise Brick is no disappointment, and Rian Johnson impressively churned out a gritty little detective story with a low budget. Brick isn't groundbreaking, and the ending felt dry, but as a neo-noir thriller it holds its own and deserves a watch from mystery buffs.
April 22, 2011
A well written and well acted modern noir film that shows off the abilities of Rian Johnson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
williamstormer95
October 21, 2013
Fantastic work from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rian Johnson.

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Michael C.
March 18, 2014
What a brilliant idea. Film Noir done so well at a high-school! Not in a gimmicky way at all, just amazingly crafted. Rian Johnson made this film on his own computer. Great performances all around, a very, very clever. Over looked because the teen audience that the film was directed towards has no previous knowledge of film noir but definitely worth a look. A suspenseful thrill ride, just fantastic
November 25, 2012
Vibe fits, and the adaptation to a high school setting, even though there are a few rough patches, is amazing. Great movie
March 13, 2012
This film is so inspired and so smartly written that it truly makes the full hour and fifty-nine minute run time worth the watch. Great directing and great acting by everyone involved.
Estebueno
March 7, 2014
"Whatever befalls you I'll deal with. Just tell me about the trouble with the brick, the pin."

Brick is writer and director, Rian Johnson's, feature debut which he delivered with great craftsmanship and an original and unique vision. Despite having seen Looper first, I think Brick is still Johnson's best film and most impressive one. It has a very original and smart concept which I haven't seen played out so well an any other film. Brick has all the classic noir conventions of films from the 30's like The Maltese Falcon, but it is set in a very different and drastic manner. So in a way Brick has a similar mood and atmosphere of classic film noir, but by setting the film in a modern day South Cal High School it shares elements with traditional teen dramas. The combination of these two very different genres makes for a very innovative and provocative film. The characters and dialogues in this film are very stylized and it does require the audience to pay close attention in order to understand what is going on, but if you put effort into following it closely you will be rewarded. Brick is a very cool movie that could have gone terribly wrong due to the genre mashups, but thanks to some great performances and interesting dark twists it really is an outstanding debut.

Brick is a classic detective story that takes place in a local High School where a teenage loner named Brendan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) sets out to solve a crime involving the murder of his ex girlfriend, Emily (Emilie de Ravin). A few months after breaking up with him, Emily got involved with some drug dealers at school and Brendan suspects that they are responsible. With the help of the Brain (Matt O'Leary), his information man, Brendan begins following a few leads and infiltrating the high school underworld. His first clue leads him to Laura (Nora Zehetner), who is the femme fatale who he doesn't fully rely on. Eventually he makes his way to meeting the crime ring boss known as The Pin (Lukas Haas) and the muscle of his operation, Tug (Noah Fleiss). Brendan makes his way through these different groups involving gangs, drug dealers, hit-men, and so on, willing to risk his life because he's driven by love and wants to unravel the entire web of corruption in his high school.

Just like there are sub groups in every high school, Johnson takes this concept and mixes it with the known groups in detective and noir film so instead of having jocks and nerds you have drug dealers, femme fatales, rats, crime lords, junkies, and hit-men. In a way the film takes those elements and makes a satire out of them, but surprisingly doing so by giving it a dark turn instead of taking the easy way out and making a comedy out of it. The lingo-heavy language may be difficult and off putting for some, but it really helped set the unique tone of this film which garnered Johnson a Special Jury prize for Originality of Vision at Sundance. Much of the success of this film can be attributed to the outstanding performance from Joseph Gordon-Levitt who turns in a very convincing performance despite the fact that the dialogue doesn't seem to match up with the setting. Having seen these elements fail many times (for me personally) in several modern Shakespeare adaptations, I was surprised at how well this film actually pulls it off. Brick is a great film offering interesting twists and a thrilling detective story which we become a part of as we try to solve the mystery along with Brendan following each new lead.
December 28, 2011
"Whatever befalls you I'll deal with. Just tell me about the trouble with the brick, the pin."

Brick is writer and director, Rian Johnson's, feature debut which he delivered with great craftsmanship and an original and unique vision. Despite having seen Looper first, I think Brick is still Johnson's best film and most impressive one. It has a very original and smart concept which I haven't seen played out so well an any other film. Brick has all the classic noir conventions of films from the 30's like The Maltese Falcon, but it is set in a very different and drastic manner. So in a way Brick has a similar mood and atmosphere of classic film noir, but by setting the film in a modern day South Cal High School it shares elements with traditional teen dramas. The combination of these two very different genres makes for a very innovative and provocative film. The characters and dialogues in this film are very stylized and it does require the audience to pay close attention in order to understand what is going on, but if you put effort into following it closely you will be rewarded. Brick is a very cool movie that could have gone terribly wrong due to the genre mashups, but thanks to some great performances and interesting dark twists it really is an outstanding debut.

Brick is a classic detective story that takes place in a local High School where a teenage loner named Brendan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) sets out to solve a crime involving the murder of his ex girlfriend, Emily (Emilie de Ravin). A few months after breaking up with him, Emily got involved with some drug dealers at school and Brendan suspects that they are responsible. With the help of the Brain (Matt O'Leary), his information man, Brendan begins following a few leads and infiltrating the high school underworld. His first clue leads him to Laura (Nora Zehetner), who is the femme fatale who he doesn't fully rely on. Eventually he makes his way to meeting the crime ring boss known as The Pin (Lukas Haas) and the muscle of his operation, Tug (Noah Fleiss). Brendan makes his way through these different groups involving gangs, drug dealers, hit-men, and so on, willing to risk his life because he's driven by love and wants to unravel the entire web of corruption in his high school.

Just like there are sub groups in every high school, Johnson takes this concept and mixes it with the known groups in detective and noir film so instead of having jocks and nerds you have drug dealers, femme fatales, rats, crime lords, junkies, and hit-men. In a way the film takes those elements and makes a satire out of them, but surprisingly doing so by giving it a dark turn instead of taking the easy way out and making a comedy out of it. The lingo-heavy language may be difficult and off putting for some, but it really helped set the unique tone of this film which garnered Johnson a Special Jury prize for Originality of Vision at Sundance. Much of the success of this film can be attributed to the outstanding performance from Joseph Gordon-Levitt who turns in a very convincing performance despite the fact that the dialogue doesn't seem to match up with the setting. Having seen these elements fail many times (for me personally) in several modern Shakespeare adaptations, I was surprised at how well this film actually pulls it off. Brick is a great film offering interesting twists and a thrilling detective story which we become a part of as we try to solve the mystery along with Brendan following each new lead.
March 7, 2014
Clever script, stylishly made, somewhat creepily self-absorbed group of individuals that have somehow cut-out their own sense of reality that is detached from the rest of the world. Great soundscape and score. Unusual and deserving of a cult status, but too young for me to love.
Tom Y.
March 7, 2014
The first really 'new' film I've seen in years. It's like one of those pictures that show an old lady or the silhouette of a woman depending on what you concentrate on. You see a highschool mystery story and yet the shots, the characters and subtle hints in props and dialogue again and again jerk you out of your interpretation. This is not a film you can consume, it does not give your brain a chance to rest. There are a few, very few, weak points but they don't subtract from the experience.
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