Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
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.
Noir- November Challenge! Movie #44
I have to compliment the director for his mad skills created a dark violent world within the realm of high school! No this isn't your mothers high school, hell its not even mine!
I never would have believed a neo noir involving high school kids could work! But this film proved me wrong! Joseph Gordon-Levitt was absolutely incredible in this and I truly believe the film never could have pulled it off without his gripping performance and high believability factor!
Recommended by Brendan via my list "Movie Request Hotline"
Thanks for recommending this film! I adore Joseph Gordon-Levitt!
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…
Brick is a small gem I came across a few years ago. I was a bit skeptical going into the film, as the style of the movie is a film noir set in high school. It seems a bit off putting, but Rian Johnson's debut is nothing short of masterful. It's amazing to see how much of Johnson's vision appears on screen. With the little to no budget the film had, it's inspiring for young filmmaker a to see all the different ways you can tell a story with very little resources. At times sleek and elusive, and at other times brutal and emotionally gut wrenching, Johnson is able to suck you into this world at ease. Perfectly paced, fluid…
Promising debut, although it doesn't entirely work for me. The music for instance. As creative as it may be, it gets on my nerves. Johnson, he sure likes his classic noirs, does make his film look appealing through lots of visual trickery and rich editing. Together with the funny hardboiled dialogue it gets the ball rolling. There's some humor to be found as well, like the first meeting with The Pin and the thundering footsteps is another sign of a creative mind, but at the same time the characters remain pawns in a whodunit that never fully comes to life. Not a bad movie, but leaves me a little too cold.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Writer and director Rian Johnson's first feature length film was released in 2005, under the nonspecific name of Brick. Embracing a talented cast, as well as the promises of a fresh take on the neo-noir genre, Brick may have the right ideas, but the flat execution means that, while it's decent, it isn't great.
When Brendan, a smart and cynical high school recluse, gets a frightening phone call from his ex-girlfriend, Emily, asking for his help, Brendan takes it upon himself to get to the bottom of what is happening in his high school, and where Emily fits in all of it.
Brick takes place in a high school setting, which is what I consider to be the film's major…
I don't get this film. I understand it was insanely popular with a number of people, but just couldn't bring myself to see it. I wasn't interested in the story or the characters.
The only thing that gave this movie a 1 star rating was the performance from Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
*NOTE: This review originally posted on my old blog on Jan. 24, 2009
I went into Brick really, really wanting to like it. I had heard such good things about it and the trailer made it look pretty cool. I ended up having to do something that I very rarely do with a film though. I turned it off before it got to the end. I really hate saying that I did that but after watching over an hour I seriously could not justify spending any more time with this film. I was bored, I mean really bored.
I didn’t care the least bit for any of the characters because none of them acted in a way that any normal…
'Brick' is without doubt a marmite movie, you'll either love it or hate it. I personally see it as a very brave and risky debut, which on the surface can appear overly stylised, pretentious and misguided yet dig a little deeper and only then will its smarts be truly revealed.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Brendan Frye, a loner who sets about unearthing the truth behind the murder of an ex girlfriend, and in doing so takes us on a bumpy guided tour of all the low lives and degenerates which populate the underground scene of his school. Each character we meet always seems to have something to hide and nothing is as it first appears. As more and more characters creep…
Un “noir” al más puro estilo clásico ambientado en un instituto de nuestros días. Suena atractivo, pero uno tiende sin remedio a imaginar semejante planteamiento con un cierto tono de parodia. Y no. Resulta que la cosa va totalmente en serio. Por eso es fácil admirar la atmósfera de Brick, pero muy difícil traspasar la barrera y entrar en ella.
Una curiosidad en absoluto mal resuelta, desde luego. De ahí a hablar de gran cine, ojo, hay un trecho.
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