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 remarkable oddity, audacious and engaging, amusing and edgy, using graceful visuals and a language all its own in an inspired, time-warped teenage film noir. In his breakthrough film, director Rian Johnson has made a smart, self-assured mini-masterpiece that portrays adolescence like no other film has. He has crafted an ingenious mindgame where the mean streets don’t get any nastier than a high school parking lot. Joseph Gordon Levitt already proved in 2005's Mysterious Skin his captivating command as a dramatic actor; with Brick he further demonstrates his dexterity and range. It takes a short time to fully adjust to the screenplay's rhythms, but once you do, the dialogue is an unparalleled joy to listen to. These SoCal teens have their own lingo, slinging hard boiled witticisms and spitting out terse dialogue peppered with slang, and ultimately, with its tightly coiled plot, Mr. Johnson’s film emerges as one of the best kept secrets of 2006.
With a great cast at his disposal, director Rian Johnson crafts a solid neo noir style picture that boasts a fine story with a superlative performance by star Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The style is the best aspect of the film, and it gives the story it’s much needed depth to make it a memorable picture. Brick is finely directed by Rian Johnson who would later make the awesome Looper. His unique directing style apparent here and Brick is a wo0rk from a director that was getting started and really developing his ideas. Brick is solid filmmaking, and it provides the viewer with some terrific performances from its cast. The neo noir aspect of the story is thoroughly engaging and it leaves…
The genius in the film lies in the conceit that for the entire movie, it never plays cute. As a straight-up story, the film unquestionably works like gangbusters. It's twisty and intriguing from the very opening. Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives a typically stellar performances as he heads a uniformly excellent cast. The screenplay nails the conventions of noir and explores its premise to the fullest extent (in a scene meant to mirror the hushed dinner conversations in noirs, two kids are interrupted by one's mother asking if they want anything to eat). It's surprisingly easy to take the characters seriously as adults, at least for the first half. Then as the tension raises and characters become violent, something becomes clear: The…
Film Noir has never been my thing. An audacious film by first time director Rian Johnson - who later went on to direct arguably one of the best TV episodes in television history - nice effort! But the dialogue in brick made me gag sorry.
Brick is on Netflx (AUS) which launched today, so naturally I needed to re-watch it.
A new, modernized film noir in the vein of Dashiell Hammett hardboiled detective stories, containing all the staples of a noir classic, with just one catch: the setting is a California high school.
Brick follows teenage loner Brendan Frye as he navigates the shady social terrain of his high school, investigating the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend that he could never shake out of his system. This detective story (yes, it actually succeeds in the classic noir tone that it attempts to ride) relies almost entirely on characters' behavior and extremely well-written dialogue, making for a compelling, tension- and emotion-fueled film.
This film actually works as a noir like The Maltese Falcon or Laura for two reasons; one, from time to…
Decent and always watchable, but I was expecting more from the director of Looper.
Brick showcases all of what's great about Film Noir; set in a Southern California High School the film follows Brendan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) as he embodies a classic, Bogarts-esque, detective in order to solve the case of his missing ex-girlfriend.
This 2005 film feels like it's straight out of the 40s, it plays openly and honestly with many tropes of the Film Noir genre, right down to the strong but silent lead characters, strong femme fatales, fascinating characters, endlessly engaging case and more moral grey area then you can shake a stick at.
Rain Johnson's directorial debut is the best Film Noir in YEARS, it's classic and new all at the same time. It's script is tight and crisp, full of…
É curiosa essa matemática noir do filme, esse método de ir encontrando correspondentes do gênero na ambiente high school. É algo que poderia ter dado muito errado se não fosse tão bem executado como é. Ou pelo menos poderia ter caído em uma simples tradução excêntrica, mas Johnson consegue unir muito bem esses dois imaginários, o filme sabe lidar com essas replicações universais do noir ao mesmo tempo que constrói uma abordagem de fato inventiva dentro do submundo escolar.
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