** A Mystery that Really Stacks Up! **
Release Date: April 07, 2006
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas
Haas, Nora Zehetner, and
Emilie de Ravin
Audience: Teens and adults
Runtime: 111 minutes
Distributor: Focus Features/NBC Universal
Director: Rian Johnson
Executive Producer: Norman Dreyfuss and Johnson
Producer: Ram Bergman and Mark G. Mathis
Writer: Rian Johnson
Address Comments To:James Schamus, President
Focus Features/Rogue Pictures
A Division of Universal Pictures
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BRICK's Brendan is such an appealing character. An outsider to the popular groups on campus, he is practically invisible. Brendan recruits the help of another outsider, a nerdy, brilliant kid nicknamed Brain. Together they unravel a complex drug-dealing organization and work to destroy it from the inside.
Brendan is a quick-witted and street-savvy tough guy willing to risk everything to seek justice. His adventure draws viewers in and thoroughly entertains mystery-loving audiences.
BRICK is a little independent thriller with big aspirations. It succeeds in its homage to the noir detective flicks of the '30s and '40s. It surprises with clever plot twists and likable characters, but, most impressive of all, it presents one of the best dramas about high school students since MEAN CREEK. BRICK stands out from the cinematic crowd because it defies the stereotypical teenage storyline. After all, who said teenage movies need to have an abundance of sex, gore or nudity to be a winner? BRICK contains none of these and very little cursing. There is implied drug abuse but it is strongly rebuked throughout the story. Violence is used sparingly but it, too, is subdued far below what viewers might expect in a murder mystery.
BRICK stumbles once or twice with its Mamet-like dialogue but, overall, it is a genuine treat. The plot may occasionally feel coerced but the story delights far more than it disappoints. BRICK does not entirely succeed at developing a few superficial characters, but then these flaws are very easily overlooked. Emilie de Ravin (best known for her role as Claire on ABC's LOST on TV) plays the tragic Emily and convincingly loses her Australian accent. Lukas Haas also turns in a fine performance as The Pin (i.e., Kingpin of the organization Brendan intends to bring down).
BRICK is a solid, well-told story, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt delivers an outstanding performance worthy of much attention. It is rated R for some violence and drug references, but it has a strong moral worldview rebuking evil. In the movie, authority figures, the police and a vice principal, are seen in a positive light. BRICK also places a strong emphasis on personal responsibility, choices and consequences.
BRICK is a minor triumph for intelligent and discerning mature viewers.
BRICK is a little independent thriller with big aspirations. It succeeds in its homage to the noir detective flicks of the '30s and '40s. It surprises with clever plot twists and likable characters. Most impressive of all, it presents one of the best dramas about high school students in recent years. BRICK stands out because it defies the stereotypical teenage storyline. It is a solid, well-told story, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Brick delivers an outstanding performance. It is rated R for some violence and drug references, but it has strong moral elements rebuking evil. BRICK is a minor triumph for intelligent and discerning mature viewers.