Brick - Movie Review

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After receiving a frantic phone call from his ex-girlfriend, teenage loner Brendan Frye (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) learns that her dead body has been found. Vowing to solve her murder himself, he must infiltrate high-school cliques that he previously avoided. His search for the truth places him before some of the school's roughest characters, leading to a confrontation with a drug dealer known as "the Pin (Lukas Haas)."

Brick is a film that sadly suffers from its style more than in gains. The last 5 minutes are a far better than the other 1 hour 50 minutes.

I went into this film really wanting to like it but I couldn’t help but feel it was being bogged down by its mumbled delivery of lines paired with it’s hard boiled style dialogue. It makes the already weaving narrative so much more difficult to follow, a lot more could have been showed rather than unnecessarily overcompensating with quirky dialogue.

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Part of me admires what Ryan Johnson tries to do in terms of its pastiche of Film Noir as well as films from the French New Wave within a high school Murder case. But I think the attempt misses the mark completely. This is the type of film I probably would have enjoyed as a 15 year old. With its edgy take on a mystery thriller,  some catchy lines and an eccentric cast of character, this is something that some people might enjoy, but it just wasn’t for me.

The film does benefit from a great leading performance from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, stunning cinematography by Steve Yedlin, and actually a really well paced and structured film. I can’t help but feel as though the film really fails to capture what it’s attempting to achieve.

Masters of Movies Rating - ★★½