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Brick Mansions (2014)

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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.

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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
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PG-13 (for frenetic gunplay, violence and action throughout, language, sexual menace and drug material)
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Action & Adventure , Drama
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Cast

Paul Walker
as Damien Collier
The Rza
as Tremaine
Carlo Rota
as George the Greek
Andreas Apergis
as Berringer
Richard Zeman
as Major Reno
Frank Fontaine
as Grandfather
Ron Lea
as Lieutenant
Carolina Bartczak
as Nurse Clara
Danny Blanco-Hall
as Businessman Bill
Bruce Dinsmore
as Businessman 2
Anatoly Zinoviev
as The Mute
Dave McKeown
as Prison Van Guard
Kwasi Songui
as Big Cecil
Abdul Ayoola
as Computer Cop
Samuel Platel
as Entrance Gangbanger
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All Critics (90) | Top Critics (26)

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.

Full Review… | April 29, 2014
Grantland
Top Critic

Follows the bog-standard formula perfected by Besson: combining functional storylining with competent action highlights and an occasional air of whimsy.

Full Review… | April 29, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 28, 2014
USA Today
Top Critic

Almost no one in this film is allowed to play to their strengths.

Full Review… | April 25, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

It should be wilder, funnier, nuttier.

Full Review… | April 25, 2014
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Brick Mansions is a non-starter: It chokes on its déjà vu, the hyperactive Mixmaster editing is exhausting and the characters' banter is so leaden it might violate federal emission standards.

Full Review… | April 25, 2014
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Brick Mansions

½

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.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

An American remake of the French action film District B13, Brick Mansions attempts to fix what isn't broken. Luc Besson reworks his script so that now it's set in a futuristic Detroit where an undercover cop must infiltrate an autonomous, crime ridden section of the city ruled by a gangster that has acquired a WMD. Most of the changes, such as making the sister character an ex-girlfriend and turning Tremaine into an antihero, actually weaken the film. Still, most of the same action beats and stunts are carried over, and bring a lot of excitement and fun to the chase and fight sequences. Additionally, David Belle returns to reprise his role as Leo, and is joined by a strong cast that includes Paul Walker and RZA. Still, Brick Mansions feels pretty generic and isn't able to recapture the same energy of the original.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

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