Brick

Brick

Brick

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.

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".

Won Special Jury Prize for Originality at Sundance 2005.
2006Rating: M, contains medium level violence110 minsUSA
DramaMystery
7%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Village Voice

Village Voice

press

The hair may thin considerably under Brick's hat after a while, and Hammett redone remains Hammett half done, but while the plates are in the air, it's a spectacle of nerve...

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A flashy cinematic stunt perpetrated by Rian Johnson, dispenses with the adolescent gibberish of the here and now to graft the hard-boiled art of Dashiell Hammett onto an upscale Southern California high school: the milieu of "Beverly Hills 90210" and "The O.C." goes noir...

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

"Sensational" is the word for Joseph rdon-Levitt (equally striking in Mysterious Skin), who stars as Brendan, the teen outsider who becomes a budding Bogart...

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Brick keeps its hip wits about it long enough to show that high school noir is the new black...

4.0
0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

With brilliant dialogue out of the 1940s and graceful visuals that add depth to the dark comedy, Johnson debuts with a smart, self-assured feature that portrays adolescence like no other film has...

4.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

With a superb lead turn by rising star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Johnson's debut is a smart, original neo-noir that works as an ingenious mindgame as well as a slick Hollywood calling card...

4.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

With his low-budget debut Brick, director Rian Johnson deconstructs traditional film noir and rebuilds it in a modern landscape. Gone are the trilby-donning tough guys in dark alleys in favour of grungy teens sloping through the halls of a California high school. Thankfully though this isn't just another teen movie with Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing it straight as the amateur private dick. The story lacks a memorable sucker punch at the end, but it's tough not to like for sheer guts...

3.0
0

This is one of the best films I have ever seen. It is a wonderful debut and Joseph Gordon-Levitt deserves much praise for his role.

5.0
0

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.

4.0
0

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....

1.0
0

Brick is one of the films, I think, you'll love or hate. If you fall for the world - the high-school/P.I./noir world - and get into it, the film is a nail biting, funny & rewarding 2 hours. Give it a try.

5.0
0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

The hair may thin considerably under Brick's hat after a while, and Hammett redone remains Hammett half done, but while the plates are in the air, it's a spectacle of nerve...

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A flashy cinematic stunt perpetrated by Rian Johnson, dispenses with the adolescent gibberish of the here and now to graft the hard-boiled art of Dashiell Hammett onto an upscale Southern California high school: the milieu of "Beverly Hills 90210" and "The O.C." goes noir...

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

"Sensational" is the word for Joseph rdon-Levitt (equally striking in Mysterious Skin), who stars as Brendan, the teen outsider who becomes a budding Bogart...

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Brick keeps its hip wits about it long enough to show that high school noir is the new black...

4.0
0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

With brilliant dialogue out of the 1940s and graceful visuals that add depth to the dark comedy, Johnson debuts with a smart, self-assured feature that portrays adolescence like no other film has...

4.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

With a superb lead turn by rising star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Johnson's debut is a smart, original neo-noir that works as an ingenious mindgame as well as a slick Hollywood calling card...

4.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

With his low-budget debut Brick, director Rian Johnson deconstructs traditional film noir and rebuilds it in a modern landscape. Gone are the trilby-donning tough guys in dark alleys in favour of grungy teens sloping through the halls of a California high school. Thankfully though this isn't just another teen movie with Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing it straight as the amateur private dick. The story lacks a memorable sucker punch at the end, but it's tough not to like for sheer guts...

3.0
0

This is one of the best films I have ever seen. It is a wonderful debut and Joseph Gordon-Levitt deserves much praise for his role.

5.0
0

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.

4.0
0

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...

1.0
0

Brick is one of the films, I think, you'll love or hate. If you fall for the world - the high-school/P.I./noir world - and get into it, the film is a nail biting, funny & rewarding 2 hours. Give it a try.

5.0
0