Brick Mansions (2014)
Critic Consensus: Choppily edited and largely bereft of plot, Brick Mansions wastes a likable cast on a pointless remake of the far more entertaining District B13.
In a dystopian Detroit, abandoned brick mansions left from better times now house only the most dangerous criminals. Unable to control the crime, the police constructed a colossal containment wall around this area to protect the rest of the city. For undercover cop Damien Collier (Paul Walker) every day is a battle against corruption. For Lino (David Belle), every day is a fight to live an honest life. Their paths never should have crossed, but when drug kingpin, Tremaine (RZA) kidnaps Lino's girlfriend, Damien reluctantly accepts the help of the fearless ex-convict, and together they must stop a sinister plot to devastate the entire city. With stylized action featuring thrilling Parkour stunts (David Belle is the co-founder of this physical training discipline), Brick Mansions puts an entertaining twist on the action genre. (c) Relativity … More
|Rating:||PG-13 (for frenetic gunplay, violence and action throughout, language, sexual menace and drug material)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure|
|Directed By:||Camille Delamarre|
|Written By:||Luc Besson, Bibi Naceri|
|In Theaters:||Apr 25, 2014 Limited|
|On DVD:||Sep 9, 2014|
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Critic Reviews for Brick Mansions
This is ultimately a movie about class warfare and social oppression that isn't remotely science-fictional. It's real, and as dumb as this remake is, it sends you home thinking.
Follows the bog-standard formula perfected by Besson: combining functional storylining with competent action highlights and an occasional air of whimsy.
It's fun to see Walker do a double take at a perilous move of Belle's and then find a less risky alternative. The pair seem like they're having a good time in this buddy action movie. It seems a fitting curtain call for a likable actor gone too soon.
"Frankly, there are a lot of actors who have a lot of worse 'last films' on their credits."
Audience Reviews for Brick Mansions
Choppily edited and clumsily directed, this unnecessary remake of the awesome film "District B13" is more depressing than it is entertaining. Being one of Paul Walker's final films, I feel bad that he chose to do this, because he is capable of so much better. This film feels like a mix of parkour and the worst parts of "Fast and Furious," but done even worse. Farfetched action can be fun, but when they are just originary people, you really just do not buy into it, and sadly, that is how I felt throughout almost this entire fim. There is nothing dreaful about this film, but there is not one aspect I would consider even mildly enjoyable, so for that, it is a really bad movie. "Brick Mansions" boasts a talent cast that has nothing to do, a cliched premise that hardly pays homage to it's original, and editing that must have been thrown together in a weekend. Some of the fight scenes seem so wquick that they must have been edited down in the final product and it shows perfusely. In the end, I am extremely disappointed, because I am a huge fan of the orinigal film.
The action sequences are over edited until you have no idea what's going on and the plot is not engaging at all. Throw in an extremely wooden antagonist and Brick Mansions cannot be saved by the likable Walker and the parkour.
Fans of the original french classic will love this movie. It's solid and exhilarating escapism. An adrenaline-injected and heart-pounding action-thriller. It's a flat-out edge of your seat action-packed thrill-machine the delivers an incredible body of work involving parkour, martial arts, gun fights and chases that will make this nothing but a true guilty pleasure for a fun 90 minute running time. A consistently enjoyable and tremendously entertaining action movie. A sizzling and explosive knockout from start to finish. Producer-Writer, Luc Besson breaths new life into his original material with Director, Camille Delamarre, they pay great tribute to the original work but paves its own way and makes it's own movie. Paul Walker and David Belle are in their element. Belle soars to all sorts of heights with his amazing athleticism in his craft and gives a terrific performance in his role from the original movie. Walker is thrilling, he gives a charming, sharp and gritty performance that establishes himself as an action hero just fine. Rza is fantastic.
Brick Mansions Quotes
|Tremaine:||Sometimes you don't gotta be a rocket scientist. You just gotta have a rocket.|
|Damien Collier:||Better buckle up.|
|Lino:||I prefer to be free.|
|Tremaine:||Not only do I got to shoot the sheriff, but I also got to shoot the deputy!|
|Damien Collier:||He's pissed!|
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