my favorites that i love primarily because of visuals (colors, symmetry, overall cinematography) regardless of plot, characters and anything else…
A detective story.
A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.
It's really quite amazing what Rian Johnson can do with an incredibly limited budget. Brick is nothing if not creative—it may utilize genre conventions, but it does so in a unique way. As a lover of inventive cinematography the biggest standout for me was the framing: everything is shot from an extremely low angle, and many characters are defined as much by their shoes as anything else (and speaking of signature imagery, there's a pervasive fear of garbage bags running through the film that definitely gave me chills once or twice). The editing is also phenomenal, constantly pushing the envelope and using every trick in the book to keep you on your toes. The dialogue's snappy imitation-noir…
If there are two types of movies that have been done to death, it's noir pastiche and high school movies. But, in one of the great bits of movie alchemy, Rian Johnson takes these two subgenres and smashes them up with the reckless abandon of someone who doesn't seem to care if anyone likes it or not, even though we all know that's impossible.
Johnson and the cast are all smart enough to know that a conceit like this will work best if it's played completely straight, and with the exception of one (arguably 2) scene(s), it is. And amusement at the idea of high school students living out a Dashiell Hammett nightmare eventually gives way to genuine and shattering…
It's not often we get to see a debut film that is made with such verve, one that truly stands out daring to be so unique. As a whole it is very much a film that delivers style over any meaningful content but what style it turns out to be. This fast talking, sharply edited modern noir appears to constantly challenge itself scene after scene, seeing if it can continue to raise expectations.
The details of the plot are almost impenetrable, the basic premise being that a spectacle wearing loner called Brendan (a rather downsized and far more agreeable Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is attempting to trace an ex-girlfriend who has asked for his help. Beyond that it's a case of suburban…
So now we've shaken the tree. Let's wait and see what falls on our heads.
Brick is a film that shouldn't work.
It actually took me a few tries to get fully submerged into Rian Johnson's bleak neo noir high school drama thriller. Yes, all those words belong in the same sentence.
I've tried several times to watch Brick but every one of those times I've been distracted, disengaged, or the film just failed to pull me in. I finally powered through the film last night and I feel incredibly silly for not being able to finish it. Brick is one of those films whose clawed grip only sinks deeper into your flesh and fills your veins with colder and…
"Whatever befalls you I'll deal with. Just tell me about the trouble with the brick, the pin."
Brick is writer and director, Rian Johnson's, feature debut which he delivered with great craftsmanship and an original and unique vision. Despite having seen Looper first, I think Brick is still Johnson's best film and most impressive one. It has a very original and smart concept which I haven't seen played out so well an any other film. Brick has all the classic noir conventions of films from the 30's like The Maltese Falcon, but it is set in a very different and drastic manner. So in a way Brick has a similar mood and atmosphere of classic film noir, but by setting…
A modern day film noir, but at high school with teenagers. And surprisingly, it works.
Do you remember what high school was like? That was the whole universe. There was nothing beyond it. Nothing. The way the film utilizes these desolate sports fields and empty car parks, as if to suggest there is no life and no world beyond the California hills that frame nearly every setting...clever stuff. There is also the complete lack of the adult beyond the most simple archetype: the mother and the principle, and the fact that, while most of the characters are students seen in or around the school, we never see anyone doing anything even remotely close to school work. To the characters, this is the real world, as the real world is to a detective in the true old film noirs.
A tremendous amount of thought went into this story, and that hard work definitely raises this above a simple gimmick.
Very fun and creative little low-budget noir.
Strikingly unique and stylishly bizarre, Brick may seem odd but it sure provides for some good entertainment. The gritty, fast-paced dialogue and crime schemes certainly are interesting when put in a high-school setting, and it's up to you whether it actually works or not. Personally I had lots of fun being drawn into that world.
Love love love this flick. The noir style works so well with the disaffected suburban teen angst.
This film wastes absolutely no time getting into the story, knows exactly when to end, and everything in between is incredibly tight and VERY entertaining. The characters aren't really characters, they're archetypes, and the film doesn't try to make them anything they're not. That being said, putting these archetypes in a high school setting is a frankly inspired move.
While I didn't understand some parts of it (mostly due to both really quick deliveries and really tight editing, something I think actually enhances the experience), the complex plot is extremely engaging, and takes a lot of turns I absolutely did not see coming. That being said, there are some parts of said plot I think could have easily been cut,…
Had some really great moments but I think I would like it a lot more if I understood the plot.
Re-post of a blog entry.
If you like old Noir movies, you’ll probably enjoy Brick. Rian Johnson, better known for the film Looper, directs Joseph Gordon-Levitt in this Dashiell Hammet-infused murder mystery. The gimmick is putting the dialogue of Noir guys and dames into the mouths of today’s teenagers. And it works.
Brendan Frye: Why are you telling me all this? What’s your play?
Laura Dannon: You think nobody sees you. Eating lunch behind the portables. Loving some girl like she’s all there is, anywhere, to you. I’ve always seen you. Or maybe I liked Emily. Maybe I see what you’re trying to do for her, trying to help her, and I don’t know anybody who would do…
A well written film-noir homage set in the bleakest depiction of high school I've seen.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives one of his best performances as a loner trying to push himself into the HS underworld, closer to the pin, aiming for answers to his girlfriend's disappearance.
Although the plot twist was a little lame and predictable, and as the action fell near the end, the story became less interesting... Brick is still a well edited, written, and directed teen mystery with more edge than many others.
Rian Johnson, with this and LOOPER under your belt, I'm more than excited to see what you do with Episode 8, and what may hold.
(As long as Disney doesn't hold your direction back)
A very good film with a great performance from Joseph Gordon Levitt and a great screenplay from Rian Johnson. You have to pay close attention when you watch this movie so you don't miss anything or get confused half way through or anything
Films where their style fills the screen so absolutely, substance is but an afterthought.
Only added some that I've seen,…