Tedious, Violent, PC Crime Thriller
Release Date: April 25, 2014
Starring: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA,
Gouchy Boy, Catalina Denis,
Ayisha Issa, Carlo Rota,
Robert Maillet, Andreas
Apergis, Richard Zeman
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 89 minutes
Distributor: Relativity Media
Director: Camille Delamarre
Executive Producer: Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley,
Matt Alvarez, Romuald Drault,
Ginette Guillard, Henri
Producer: Claude Leger, Jonathan Vanger
Writer: Luc Besson, Bibi Naceri
Address Comments To:Jesse A. Cohn
Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO, Relativity Media (Rogue Pictures/Overture Films)
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Los Angeles, CA 90048
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BRICK MANSIONS doesn’t have much of a plot between the wall to wall violence, but it follows a Detroit cop named Damien (played by the late Paul Walker) who believes his father, who was also a policeman, was killed by a vigilante named Lino (David Belle). When 20 kilos of heroin are stolen from a gang led by Tremaine (RZA) and destroyed by Lino, Damien volunteers to enter the Brick Mansions housing project where the drugs were headed and make up for the lost shipment.
Damien uses this ploy to build trust from the criminals surrounding him, but jumps too quickly to capture their crime lord and botches the arrest. Tremaine kidnaps Damien’s girlfriend and tries to use her as bait for Damien to bring a fresh 20 kilos of drugs to the Brick Mansions, a set up that leads to Damien teaming up with Lino against the gang even though he believes Lino killed his father.
However, both of these reluctant partners eventually learn that the real problem is a neutron bomb that has wound up inside Brick Mansions, and is in danger of exploding within 10 hours. Damien has to figure out how to stop it, leading to ludicrous twists that upend his entire investigation.
BRICK MANSIONS has a very sloppy plot that gets ever more ludicrous as it hurtles towards its finale. The characters (and the actors playing them) barely get a chance to stand out as individuals. The lazy and generic dialogue (which is also filled with midlevel foul language) doesn’t help matters.
Instead, brutality is the order of the day, with nonstop vehicular and foot chases, plus punching, kicking and shooting. Eventually, the movie becomes tiresome, especially because of some politically correct content and when one female villain turns is a scantily-clad lesbian who enjoys threatening Damien’s girlfriend with a knife while making sexual comments.
While some of the stuntwork is fun, BRICK MANSIONS is a tedious enterprise overall. It’s a shame that millions were spent to make and market a movie this shallow and pointlessly violent, and that this is the last film Paul Walker of the FAST & FURIOUS movies managed to complete before being killed in a car accident that could have been avoided.
The PC content helps give BRICK MANSIONS a Romantic worldview wherein poor people are at the mercy of a corrupt society. In reality, Detroit wasn’t destroyed by rich or wealthy people, but by power-mad labor unions and liberal politicians and judges.
While some of the stuntwork is fun, BRICK MANSIONS is tedious overall. It has a very sloppy plot that gets ever more ludicrous as it hurtles towards its finale. The characters barely get a chance to stand out. The lazy and generic dialogue doesn’t help. BRICK MANSIONS has plenty of foul language and even more violence, with a politically correct message about poor people oppressed by a corrupt city.