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Brick Mansions

2014

PG-13 CC

In dystopian Detroit, an undercover cop is determined to bring his father's killer to justice. He reluctantly accepts the help of a fearless ex-convict, and together they must stop a sinister plot to devastate the entire city.

Starring:
Paul Walker, David Belle
Runtime:
1 hour, 30 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Director Camille Delamarre
Starring Paul Walker, David Belle
Supporting actors RZA, Gouchy Boy, Catalina Denis, Ayisha Issa, Carlo Rota, Andreas Apergis, Richard Zeman, Robert Maillet, Bruce Ramsay, Frank Fontaine, Chimwemwe Miller, Andy Bradshaw, Ryan Trudeau, Ron Lea, Carolina Bartczak, Danny Blanco Hall, Bruce Dinsmore, Annie Li Meng Tong
Studio Relativity Media, LLC
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: DVD
“Brick Mansions” is a Hollywood remake of a 2004 French action movie “District B13” (“Banlieue 13”). If you have seen the original, you have already seen the film virtually. And most probably you will find the original better.

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.
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Format: Blu-ray
Brick Mansions is an action movie on caffeine. It's a movie that will make you say "what?" and "whoa!" in equal measures. Slick as David Belle jumping a building, cool as the other side of the pillow, and subtle as an exploding grenade, Brick Mansions is the funnest action film I've seen since Edge of Tomorrow. This is the Luc Besson we've all been missing; this is the Paul Walker we all loved; and this is the kind of action that makes movies special.

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.
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Format: DVD
In 2018, downtown Detroit becomes a walled in city...by a four foot wall. The Mayor wants to move the people out and build a place for rich people. Meanwhile Lino (David Belle) in a subplot is thwarting drug dealers as a vigilante. Detective Collier (Paul Walker) is also fighting against the bad guys downtown, while other cops are on the take.

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.
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This is Paul walkers last movie he finished. I saw this at the show. It was great from start to finish. Paul walker stars as Damien an undercover cop determined to bring down Tremaine the crime lord who murdered his father. Lino ex-convict helps Damien get in the city. They both work with each other to save his girlfriend and go after the crime lord. If you like action movies check this one out.
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Forget the dialogue, plot and characters; this movie is about parkour - the activity of running up walls, jumping across rooftops, swinging the body over empty spaces, etc.

the movie opens with a fearless vigilante, Lino, trying to upset the drug empire of Big Dog in the Detroit of the Not So Distant Future. In that future, because of out of control crime rates in the slums, civil government has withdrawn from ghettos like "Brick Mansions," and have left them to stew in their own juices behind high walls and military check points. Paul Walker's Collier is a Detroit detective who wants justice in a very corrupt systems. He is sent into Brick Mansions because - shades of "Escape from New York" - a neutron bomb has been hijacked by Big Dog. So, Collier and Lino hook up to take on Big Dog, who has kidnapped Lino's ex-girlfriend. The two engage in improbable stunts, fight each and eventually work up a respect for each other.

The stunts are where the heart of this movie is. Most of the stunts are wildly improbable, and you just have to go with the flow. If you can't, or if your "willing suspension of disbelief" meter trips in the absence of nuanced characters or sharp dialogue, or in the presence of not very good sound qualities, then skip this movie.

On the other hand if you liked "The Fast and Furious" or you like a movie that is basically an extended parkour stunt sequence, which were actually jaw dropping most of the time, then this is your movie.

I was feeling charitable and gave it "four stars," but I could have easily given it three.
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