Brick

2005

Action / Comedy / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Romance / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 80%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 86%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 92723

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Meagan Good as Kara
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Reviewed by jaredmobarak 10 / 10

"Where do you eat lunch?" …

This is a film I have been highly anticipating for over a year. After first hitting the festival circuit in January of 2005 it went through the cycles, finally getting a stateside limited release at the end of March 2006. Buffalo, I ask you now to open your eyes to a masterpiece of cinema as Brick finally debuts at the Amherst Dipson.

Brick is a not a film as much as a symphony where each instrument is tuned to the beat of the conductor. Each frame is carefully orchestrated and composed to perfection. The dialogue is metered and spoken with a contemporary Shakespearean beat. Writer/Director Rian Johnson has created poetry with his first feature length film. It may be tough to understand the lingo and overall speech used, but as the film advances you begin to know the characters and the words just make complete sense.

We open with the stare of our protagonist—hard and piercing, yet on the verge of tears—eyes slowly welling up as he peers down on a motionless body, facedown in a tunnel's steady, flowing stream. This is film noir at its best: wrong men and notorious women. Our leader into this underbelly of society has recently rolled on his boss to skate clean of a drug deal he was involved with. The cops allow this plea and decide to keep him in their pocket, with what happened as leverage. He stays low, nose clean, until an old love brings him into her world as it's spiraling out of control. Using all his resources around the city, he begins his search to find her and make sure she is OK. He does this for his own means, with a stoicism that hearkens back to Bogart's Sam Spade.

Wait…Did I tell you that the city this is set in is a suburban high school? Johnson has flipped the genre on its head to brilliant effect. Brendan, our medium into the story, is played to perfection by Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a senior at the school who has alienated himself by ratting on his drug supplier. The vice-principal is using him to gain intel on the dealings around school, but Brendan will have none of it. He needs to find out what happened to his old flame Emily and see what she got involved in. Enlisting the help of a colleague, Brendan plays his enemies off each other to gain access to the mob boss and dope runner The Pin ("I hear he's supposed to be old, like 26"), whom Emily has wronged. The truth must be found at all costs, either to assuage some personal guilt, to rescue love, to do what's right, to get the bad guys, or maybe all the above. The search for answers leads to betrayal and secrets uncovered and I was there for the entire ride.

Brick is not the 21st century's answer to Alan Parker's Bugsy Malone. This isn't a satire on mob life with children playing men. This is a reawakening of the genre, a subversion of what you expect of it, but played straight as a razor. None of these actors break character and lines like this, echoing a hardened criminal telling off an over-zealous officer, "No more of these informal chats! If you have a disciplinary issue with me, write me up or suspend me and I'll see you at the Parent-Teacher conference," are delivered with straight faces and a piercing confidence. The wit is there and you will laugh to the seeming absurdity, but the weight of the story holds strong. Well-placed humor helps you realize the gravity of everything even more.

Levitt shines in the role and proves to be the best up-and-coming actor of his generation. Following pitch-perfect turns as a violent teen in the wonderful Manic and as a teenage hustler, vagrant in Gregg Araki's disturbing yet unforgettable Mysterious Skin, Levitt is making bold choices and continues a great run with Brick. He is flanked with solid support from "Lost's" Emilie de Ravin as his lost love; Lukas Hass as The Pin, with loyalty straying muscle Noah Fleiss; Matt O'Leary's The Brain, Brendan's life-line to what's happening as he sinks deeper; and Nora Zehetner flawlessly playing the femme fatale which one can never be sure whether to trust. Also, the accompanying score of piano and brass jazz fits perfectly to the atmosphere, especially on a late scene close-up shot of Levitt and Zehetner—faces close- up, lips with an atom of air between them, and a single tear slowly following down the contours of her face—uncannily mimicking the infamous shot of Bogart and Bergman in Casablanca.

Any cinephile with $8 to spend will regret missing an opportunity to see this film. If you love film noir of the 50's, 60's, and 70's check Brick out while you can. Doubtful that it will stay up more than 2 or 3 weeks, it will be coming to DVD on August 8th, however go out and see this gem. It will not be everyone's cup of tea, but whether you love it or not, it holds a place on the timeline of cinema as an experiment in stripping down the essence of noir and showing it in a new and no longer angelic world of children on the cusp of adulthood. "Here's looking at you kid."

Reviewed by Martin Randall 7 / 10

Weird But Worth Watching

I was curious about Rian Johnson and why he was picked to direct the mega-million dollar blow-out, The Last Jedi. His resume is not that impressive but I did notice that he directed 3 pivotal (and very good) episodes of Breaking Bad and he directed 2012's loopy time bender, Looper. I liked Looper, and I worship upon the altar of Breaking Bad. So, when I had the opportunity to watch another one of Rian Johnson's films, I jumped at the chance.

Brick is an odd concoction. It is carried by the under-appreciated Joseph Gordon-Levitt who plays a difficult role brilliantly. Here's the thing about Brick. It is set in contemporary times but features high school kids and associated adults (parents, teachers, etc.) who speak and act like 1930's-era movie thugs. "What you looking at, you a wise guy? Why don't you put an egg in your shoe and beat it, see?" Well, the dialog wasn't quite that bad but close.

This project reminded me almost immediately of the equally weird 1996 version of Romeo & Juliet, directed by Baz Luhrmann. That film was also set in contemporary times with teenagers running around spouting archaic language forms and acting like they were all misplaced in time.

Brick produces some downright laughable scenes, especially when Lukas Haas is around. He plays a teenaged crime kingpin, called The Pin, get it? His attempts at bad-assery fall flat and all I could see was a sweet looking kid delivering awkward lines. Noah Fleiss, the sweet looking kid from Josh and S.A.M. and Joe the King, also fails to sell his role as Tug, an evil mob enforcer and all-around skunk. In fact, none of the cast (aside from Gordon-Levitt) perform their roles believably and the entire film comes off at times like a middle-school production of The Maltese Falcon. A middle school production but with weird homo-erotic and sadomasochistic bits almost randomly tossed into the mix.

All criticisms aside, Brick is worth watching because it tries something different and almost pulls it off. After a while , you forget the absurdity of the gangster-movie wannabe quality of the film and get into it. The story-line is good and again Joseph Gordon-Levitt is brilliant in the lead role.

Brick on one level is very funny. Forgive me but I still laugh at the image of Lukas Haas dressed up in a stereotypical bad guy suit (complete with a cape) and delivering awful dialog with a straight face. Weird, offbeat, and fun, Brick is certainly worth watching even if it doesn't quite work. I came away with the feeling that Rian Johnson thoroughly enjoyed making the film.

One disturbing aspect is that, for all of the potential fun in the film, it is about the brutal murder of a young girl and the resulting chaos inflicted upon her friends and family. If not for that, Brick could easily have been turned into a comedy and been a much more popular film.

Reviewed by J_Carls 8 / 10

A sparkling, absurdist mash-up of teen angst and film noir movies

Anyone who loves cinema and isn't full of themselves will love this movie. It manages to both satirize two genres while also being a well-constructed example of both. It does this by taking one classic vocabulary of sociopathic behavior (1930's gangster movies) and applies it to different set of sociopathic characters (self-absorbed, oh-so-serious teenagers).

I have only two complaints. The first is that the dialog can be so stylized (in a beautifully realized combination of teen slang and gangster-speak) that you may want to use subtitles (or just watch the film again immediately). Yet, the dialog is often inventive (sometimes hilariously) and is definitely worth the time to watch.

The other complaint is the number of one-star reviews I am seeing from people who, to be honest, cannot possibly meet the qualifications I mentioned at the beginning of this review. I can only guess that they came into this movie with a fixed idea of what it was going to be like and refused to change that expectation (or maybe they just needed those subtitles). But that is this movie's most obvious strength: It is simply not what you expect.

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