Brick Mansions, English Hollywood Film Movie review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: * 1/2
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Brick Mansions(English) Rating: * ½ The last movie Paul Walker completed before his accidental death, this film appears to be just another filler and brand extension for the next in the Fast and Furious line-up that made him a star!
English Film Review
Film: Brick Mansions
Cast: Paul Walker, Robert Maillet, RZA, Carlo Rota, Dabid Belle
Director: Camille Delamarre
Rating: * ½
‘Brick Mansions’ is not much of a swan song for recently deceased Paul Walker , there’s the partially complete, and far more befitting F&F 7 coming up for that. This one may at best be considered a career filler, one that extends the F&F brand without doing as much for your entertainment or enjoyment.
In a future where Detroit's most dangerous criminals occupy the city's deserted brick mansions, an undercover cop joins forces with an ex-convict to defeat the notorious drug kingpin who has taken the mayor hostage. Detroit has fallen to crime, and in an effort to contain it, authorities have sealed up the inner city with a massive wall. Once you're inside, you never get out. Lino( David Belle) is the ex-con who's trying to make a dent on drug lord Tremaine(RZA) ’s business and for that he has to contend with his girlfriend Lola’s abduction. Undercover cop Damien Collier (Paul Walker) is sent in to find the nuclear device that was stolen by Tremaine. Things hot-up and there’s enough reason for racy action.
The best set-piece though was Lino’s escape act straight after he messes with Tremaine’s consignment of drugs. It’s breathtaking and scintillatingly performed and Parkour star David Belle makes it all look strikingly easy. Thereafter there’s nowhere for the film to go. Every action set-piece after that looks a bit clumsy and oafish. Paul Walker can’t really match-up either in action or acting skills and looks pretty distant throughout. The FX is also not as seamless as one would expect from an all-out actioner. Stunt choreography is also limiting except for the Parkour act. The jump cuts and the dropped frames give the stunt choreography a certain edge but it’s just not enough to lift up the kinesis. Director Camille Delamarre teams with screenwriter Luc Besson for this American remake of the French actioner District B13. But this is not one of Besson’s better efforts for sure. Seems more like a redundant one to me!