Brick Mansions [Blu-ray]
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The difference between the two versions is that the new, English-speaking one, which is set in the 2018 Detroit, features Paul Walker in his last completed role, as an undercover cop Damien Collier trying to find a stolen weapon of mass destruction. In the city’s crime-infested area called Brick Mansions, he forms an unlikely duo with a resident Lino (David Belle, reprising the role he played in the original), whose ex-girlfriend Lola (Catalina Denis) is kidnapped by the local crime lord Tremaine Alexander (RZA).
The screenplay is typical of Luc Besson – stock characters and fast-paced story with a few twists on the way. It is not that great, not that terrible, just good enough for a mindless action movie. What really matters is action, especially parkour-inspired action that made “District B13” something original. And that’s where “Brick Mansions” disappoints.
Thanks to David Belle and the film’s stunt team, the action scenes are decent, if not as great as that of the original. One big problem is the rather choppy editing that almost kills the tension of the action sequence, especially car and gun action.
Sadly this will be the last starring role for Paul Walker. I really miss him.
Brick Mansions doesn't want to be the next Bourne or Lethal Weapon; and it doesn't want to engage your brain on the next level. Brick Mansions wants to take you on the wildest, craziest ride it can for 1 hour, 30 minutes, and 9 seconds (if you stay for the credits...which you probably won't). Along for the ride is Paul Walker, playing the straight good guy with a bit of an edge that he did so well (*whimpers slightly* rest in peace, man). David Belle is present, as are his 12 abs and 26 tattoos (I didn't count. Don't quote me.), not to mention his parkour skills that make Spider-Man look ponderous and slow. RZA chews so much of the scenery I'm surprised we don't see the bite marks where he sank his pristine teeth in.
Though more than RZA's teeth, all over the film we see the fingerprints of Luc Besson. The man who, like a benevolent god, gave us Leon: The Professional, Taxi, and Nikita, and cursed us with something like five Arthur and the Invisibles movies...is back on top form with his singular and very often fabulously overblown style. The action here is some of the most inventive, fast-paced, slickest and coolest that we've seen in a while. Take David Belle for example. He doesn't brawl; he bounces through the air on coiled springlike-muscles like some nimble jungle cat.Read more ›
Lino's ex-gf (Catalina Denis) gets kidnapped by the bad guys who also jack a vehicle with a suitcase neutron bomb now on a countdown. Collier has to go get the bomb that just happened to be strolling around the walled in city in a vehicle, something he is not smart enough to question until someone points it out to him how odd is the state of events.
The plot was all over the place and uneven. It appears Walker's dad was killed and he was looking for the culprit, but not that hard. David Belle had the best fight moves highlighted early on...i.e urban acrobatics. There was also a grindhouse cat fight. It is hard to imagine this botched screenplay was done by the same guy who did quality work like "Fifth Element" and "Transporter."
And you can't help but notice that in this film Paul Walker crashes his vehicle at 80-90+ mph and survives because he wore a seat belt.
Action with no substance. Appears to be overrated by Paul Walker fans moved by his untimely death.
Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
As this is a remake, I think it's entirely fair to compare it to the original. In this case, that film was DISTRICT B13 (or, BANLIEUE 13). I've only seen some clips from it, but I know that the basic plot is the same. However, why that one seemed to have worked is because it was relevant to French culture, in which the areas outside Paris proper, the "banlieues," are neglected and often havens for crime and violence. Translating this into something American audiences would understand isn't too difficult, and they made a good choice to set this in future Detroit, but they fail to do anything but pay lip service to the idea that there are areas in the US that have become ghetto-ized and neglected by the government that's supposed to protect and serve them. The way it was dealt with in the movie was extremely trite and cliched.
However, the other aspects of the film weren't that great either. The acting is poor across the board, and Paul Walker came across the best. When Paul Walker is the best actor in your movie, then you have a problem. Making matters worse was David Belle who, if that was his real voice, sounded completely unnatural in English. If it wasn't, then that was some very bad dubbing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Terrible, not even worth the money to rent from redbox. 1.5 hours of your life wasted watching this.Published 2 days ago by Daniel Turner
I wish Amazon would allow half stars. In that case I would give Brick Mansions two and a half. It just does not have enough good stuff to rate an average three stars. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Andy McKinney
Do you want to watch the last movie of Paul Walker before that faithful accident that happen to him. This is the American version of B-13 movie if you know me.Published 16 days ago by ernest06
Love it, good story and great action thru the whole movie and of course we all miss Paul Walker.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Based on the extended edition: I knew this was a foreign financed film. I knew from the Europa Corp's open to lower my expectations a bit because movies like this usually contain... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jimmy R
Action movie but weak directing, with very typical plot and expectations for solution - but ending had a twist that made it fresh enough! Read morePublished 2 months ago by RogerO
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