After receiving a panic-stricken phone call from his ex-girlfriend Emily (de Ravin) - just before she turns up dead - high-school loner Brendan (Gordon-Levitt, after his brilliant turn in last year's 'Mysterious Skin') sets out to infiltrate the illicit cliques she left him for. Brendan becomes embroiled in the web of vice & deceit that surrounds Emily's murder.... More
LA Weekly: "A fusion of teenage confidential and hard-boiled film noir set in the mean corridors and power cliques of high school. The existentialist vibe of film noir becomes a perfect metaphor for the twin evils of malice and alienation at high school." Or, as the NY Times put it: "the milieu of 'Beverly Hills 90210' and 'The OC' goes noir".Hide
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Within the drama there are some great noir troupes, amusingly played out in the teenage world of high school, mum’s basement and the local hangouts. Gordon-Levitt performs some great escapes from the ever present bad guys, and some even better failed attempts, confronting the scum of the school, with his dry humor and quick wittedness, one drop kick at a time, “Throw one at me if you want, hash head. I've got all five senses and I slept last night, that puts me six up on the lot of you.”
However, the genre adaptation doesn’t quite pull itself off. The Pin (Lukas Haas), the crippled, dug lord, constantly appearing from the lowest, low angle possible, pulls off beautifully the bad-guy-who-can’t-pick-the-good-guy-posing-as-a-bad-guy-only-to-betray-him character. And yet, the femme fatale Laura (Nora Zehetner) never seems that great a threat, with several half hearted attempts to seduce the mystery focused Brendan, but lacking the vamp needed to ruin a man.
Despite a few flaws, ‘Brick’ offers a glimpse into a beautifully constructed absorbing world of the underbelly of high school, retrieving the teenage genre flick from the depths of bad cinema.
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Don't be fooled into thinking this is a good film because of some outrageous reviews. It tries too hard and above all bored the hell out of me.
This movie takes the viewer back to high school. It looks at the serious side iof high school drug intrigue that some of us lived. It is a little over the top but maybe it has to be! The ending is a nice twist that brings it all together. The hidden star is the muscle that brings pain and drama to the other characters who are the strong silent type. You will not be dissappointed with brick but you may miss the old days of youthful indescretion!
I really enjoyed this film. Loved the fast-paced and clever dialogue. Loved Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the anti-hero and thought the supporting actors were just as good. The story kept me engaged and I recommend it.
Definitely saw it as a tribute to the Maltese Falcon which is how it has been described.
The so-called patois was just lame and after a while I began to wonder if the plot was incoherent or that I just didn't care. Both. Nothing to empathise with in the characters and the "plot" stuttered from one dead end to the next. Then the protagonists stopped at the end to explain the whole mess to us. Not that I cared. Your movie ticket could be 3 pints. Think very carefully. No stars (actually)
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