Movies that are slightly off.
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…
"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…
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…
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.
Brick is directed by critically acclaimed director Rian Johnson (Looper, The Brothers Bloom). It stars Joseph Gordon Levitt as a teenager named Brendan, who finds his ex girlfriends dead body and sets out on a dangerous mission to try and find who is responsible for the murder.
I was really looking forward to watching Brick. I love coming-of-age films and mystery's, and Joseph Gordon Levitt is one of my favourite actors, so I was expecting to really like this film. Unfortunatly Brick was very disappointing. The first 20 minutes of this film were fantastic. It was intense and I was on the edge of my seat. Then it began to become VERY, VERY repetitive, to the point where it wasn't…
It was kinda eerie, Requiem for a dreamy like thing at first and then some teenie movie stuff and some revelatio stuff. A good watch..
Kid's Pretending They're Adults: The Movie
THIS MOVIE OOZES STYLE AND CREATIVITY.
Wow. What a fine directorial debut from Rian Johnson. This is a frankenstein of genre, but boy does it work. I may be a tad partial to film noir, and I think this film knows it because it had me hooked every step of the way.
There are two types of neo-noir, there's the Chinatown and then there's The Long Goodbye. Both acknowledge the fundamentals of the genre, but happen to verge drastically when it comes to handling these basic rules. A film like Chinatown embraces the cliches and limitations of noir, whilst a film like The Long Goodbye satirises it. Brick is much more like Chinatown. It embraces the genre and all the…
Not my fave. Interesting premise.
Brick is insanely stylish, wild, brutal and beautiful.
An underworld of teeenage loss and longing, Blood and water flow under the gaping tunnel.
A labirynth of tragedy, of despair. A quest out of fear and dread. The camerawork accentuates all this, it pounces and rides the wind. Those carrousel winds that only go round and round with no escape whatsoever.
The best scene is probably the sunset on the bare beach.
"I like his descriptions of things" says The Pin in reference to Tolkiens writing - "he makes you want to be there". The Pin, even as the lord of the true teenage wasteland he governs, looks at the horizon and longs for something other than the dark world we live in.
I will write a review in near future...
God put me here on this earth just for the purpose of loving Brick (2005) dir. Rian Johnson
I wish I saw this film back when I was in high school and doing media/film. If I had seen this, I would've been inspired to make a short film like it, as I had a school that was a decent set for a detective noir thriller. Really, at first, I thought this was kind of stupid, that it was just going to be your everyday detective story done with teens and that would be it, there would be no real substance. But as it went along, I felt it being a bit like the animated detective show Fillmore, where the actors and crew know this isn't entirely believable, so they'll add in some jokes just to demonstrate that they…
Films where their style fills the screen so absolutely, substance is but an afterthought.
Only added some that I've seen,…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…