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If you're unfamiliar with the approach to the movie, it's pretty much a detective-murder-whodunit movie with a catch; it's set in modern times and it involves high school kids. Yet, the kids talk in the manner that you would expect from your typical hard-boiled detective movie. The story concerns Brendan Frye, who is contacted by his ex-girlfriend by phone. On the phone, she sounds frightened and troubled, but doesn't say much about what is the matter. Two days later, she ends up dead. Brendan knows that she got involved with the wrong crowd, so in order to find out who is responsible for her death and why, he has to go in deep into the underground drug world that has consumed a good amount of his schoolmates. The deeper he goes, the more risk he puts himself in.
This film is extremely well done and well made, and that caught me off guard. I wasn't expecting a movie like this, nor was I expecting that I would end up loving it so much. The film seems innocent and fun at a glance until you really get into it, and then you realize how dark and brutal it can get. Just because it involves high school kids, it doesn't mean it's child's play.Read more ›
The movie is set in Orange County (San Clemente), and the movie's big hook is that it's an update of those terrific film noirs of the 1940s and 1950s. Yes, the movie sometimes comes across as "The O.C." mixed with "The Lady from Shanghai," with just a touch of "Blue Velvet." However, as such, "Brick" succeeds very well. The dialogue is full of clever pithy lines and slang that went out with Eisenhower (Beautiful woman: Do you trust me now? Brendan: Less than when I didn't trust you before.). The directing is also terrific - kudos to first time director Rian Johnson. Finally, Jospeh Gordon-Levitt makes a likeable protagonist amidst the crazy proceedings and characters, including a rather magnetic Lukas Haas as "The Pin."
Although making the film in noir style is essentially a stunt, the tone helps make the movie deeper, more satisfying - easily one of the most intricate teen dramas ever made. The plot is full of holes (what film noir isn't?), but the noir style and look smoothes out the rough edges; yes, style does sometimes trump content. There were a few times when the "Brick" verged on being a typical teen movie; fortunately, Johnson manages to get back on track. Highly recommended for fans of film noir or sophisticated teen dramas.
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Such such such a great movie. Bought it so I could send to a friend and share the love. Pro-tip, watch it a second time with director commentary.Published 16 days ago by Kris
Best neo-noir in the last 20 years. I fully trust Rian Johnson with the next Star Wars sequel after seeing this incredibly well crafted and well directed film.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
Fans of classic and neo noir should love this. Also surprising humor, if you are paying attention. Very clever. JGL picks good projects.Published 2 months ago by Maude
Very interesting movie! Hard to fallow the dialogue because it's so fast and witty but once you realize it's written and an old school detective who done it you'll be hooked! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wm D. S.
Dashiell Hammett's high school years. High School Noir. Excellent writing, directing, acting. Even the lone sax mournfully played in the background. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sandra Glenn
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I second your post MarkNMo!!! I'm actually debating on getting a region free Blu Ray player cause the USA gets shafted on so many great movies or we have to wait forever until they come out here. On a side note - totally different genre - but I just ordered from amazon uk a 3 disk set of the... Read More
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