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Brendan Frye is a loner, someone who knows all the angles but has chosen to stay on the outside. When the girl he loves turns up dead, he is determined to find the "who" and "why" and plunges into the dark and dangerous social strata of rich girl Laura, intimidating Tug, drug-addled Dode, seductive Kara, and the ominous Pin. But who can he really trust? These are the ingredients of Brick, a gritty and provocative thriller that critics describe as "a clever, twist-filled whodunit!" (Claudia Puig, USA Today)
High school collides with hard-boiled film noir in the twisty, cunning Brick. When he gets a mysterious message from his ex-girlfriend, a high school loner named Brendan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mysterious Skin) starts to dig into a crisscrossed web of drugs and duplicity, eventually getting entwined in the criminal doings of a teenage crime lord known as the Pin (Lukas Haas), his thuggish henchman Tugger (Noah Fleiss, Joe the King), and a mysterious girl named Laura (Nora Zehetner, Fifty Pills). Brick has not only the seductive, labyrinthine plot of a crime thriller by Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon) or Raymond Chandler (Farewell, My Lovely) but also a dense high-school version of hard-boiled lingo that's both comic and poetic. The movie unfolds with headlong momentum as Brendan manipulates, fights, and staggers his way through layers of high-school society. Gordon-Levitt is excellent; between this and the equally compelling Mysterious Skin, he's left his 3rd Rock from the Sun days behind. Also featuring Meagan Good (Waist Deep) and Richard Roundtree (Shaft). --Bret Fetzer
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This look at an intelligent loner high schooler as the detective in a high school mystery gives a much needed unique perspective on the truly underused classic detective story. By having the classic "Brute", "Distracting Femme", "Crime Lord" and "Innocent but stupid druggie" cast with a younger group we can see this roles in an entirely new light. Complemented with excellent dialogues, and music that is reminiscent of a true detective story, you will be kept guessing as to who the true villain is, and if Brendan has any chance of "coming out of this clean".
To give this unique and brilliant story any less than 4 stars would truly be a sin, brought on by ignorance of the beauty of the story, or some personal prejudice against the type of story, actors or actresses, or writer. Judge for yourself as you give this 110 Minutes of brilliant creativity your attention, and be sure to watch again to catch the small details you may have missed. I hope you enjoy this story as much as I do every time I re-watch it.
Holy smokes, was it worth the $5! Everything about this movie is terrific. The plot is a twisting murder-mystery that leaves you guessing, the actors are perfectly cast, and the dialogue is an utterly inventive blend of 40s slang and modern speech. It gives the movie a timeless feel, and listening to the actors deliver it is incredibly fun. I don't think Bogie and Bacall had better lines.
Rian Johnson, the guy who directed this as an independent project, is going to be directing the second Star Wars sequel trilogy film. Watch this movie, and you'll understand why.