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Brick Mansions

6/10
Drama . Crime . Action
 

In a dystopian Detroit, grand houses that once housed the wealthy are now homes of the city's most-dangerous criminals. Surrounding the area is a giant wall to keep the rest of Detroit safe. For undercover cop Damien Collier, every day is a battle against corruption as he struggles to bring his father's killer, Tremaine, to justice. Meanwhile, Damien and an ex-con named Lino work together to save the city from a plot to destroy it.

 
Actors: Ayisha Issa , Catalina Denis , Kwasi Songui , Bruce Ramsay , Kalinka Petrie , Carlo Rota , Robert Maillet , RZA , David Belle , Paul Walker , Gouchy Boy
Directors: Camille Delamarre
Country: FRANCE , CANADA
Release: 2014-04-25
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  • Stephen Whitty

    See it for Belle. See it for the parkour. And for the wonderfully magical spectacle of a man flying.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Bernard Besserglik

    The movie contributes nothing new to the genre, but disbelief is suspended willingly enough once the action gets up to speed.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    In Brick Mansions Walker is understated and tough, a continued testament to his frequently overlooked accomplishments as a performer. You just wish the movie surrounding him was better.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    It’s a beat-for-beat remake of a movie whose plot was never meant to do anything except get characters to jump from rooftops, made by a less confident director (Camille Delamarre, one of the studio’s go-to editors) and set in a culture Besson has never been able to grasp. It’s also a silly pile-up of exaggerated action clichés—and much of the time, it’s pretty fun.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    The action may be serious, but Brick Mansions doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s a ridiculous movie that has the decency to acknowledge that it’s ridiculous.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    Director Camille Delamarre and Luc Besson, who co-wrote the screenplay, relocate the story to Detroit and tone down some of its (admittedly broad) social satire — although the Parkour remains centre-stage, and is mostly hair-raising.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Brawny, dumb and preposterous, it nonetheless comes tantalizingly close to being a high-impact allegory of race, class and real estate in a postindustrial, new-Gilded Age America.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Delamarre knows his way around an action scene and keeps the proceedings moving briskly enough, even if the picture clocks in at about 10 minutes longer than its taut, 81-minute predecessor.

    Variety Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    A tediously faithful remake of French filmmaker Luc Besson's terrific 2004 international hit "District 13," the Besson-produced Brick Mansions might have been mildly interesting had it been made a decade ago.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    The thematic stuff, while well-intentioned, is also clunky, and ultimately beside the point. Action, obviously, is what you’re after.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Whenever it features feet flying through the air, Brick Mansions is a pleasure. Asked to do anything else, it’s one stumble after another.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Mansions is like “Vehicle 19″ or “Takers,” dumb, noisy junk.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Adam Markovitz

    It's fun to watch at first. All that twirling and sliding is a nice change of pace from the usual seat-shaking pyrotechnics.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Chris Klimek

    This is an almost scene-for-scene remake — but not a shot-for-shot remake, which likely would have been more enjoyable.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Jamie Neish

    It's essentially a collection of shoddily edited action sequences, underpinned by a monotonous narrative that has no purpose, let alone moral heart to reward viewers' waning attention.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Trevor Johnston

    Chases on foot and four wheels keep the thing moving, but apart from a thematic wrinkle where Besson’s clearly siding with the hood rather than the lawmakers, it’s all pretty predictable.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    The parkour is breathtaking and the plot twists are off-the-charts ridiculous.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Brick Mansions is a non-starter: It chokes on its déjà vu, the hyperactive Mixmaster editing is exhausting and the characters’ banter is so leaden it might violate federal emission standards.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    There's no fun to be had here and if an action movie doesn't make the grade as escapist entertainment, what's the point?

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Eric Henderson

    Only the very charitable would characterize this strain of providence as anything other than dumb, or at least incredibly forgetful.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Visually, Brick Mansions is a duller and more conventional film than “District B13,“ which was, if nothing else, a sourball-flavored form of eye candy.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    It’s hard to take your eyes off Walker in his penultimate film appearance, cognizant of his mortality and the way he was gracefully aging much in the same way as another fair-haired, blue-eyed actor named Paul.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    It should be wilder, funnier, nuttier.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    Brick Mansions, Paul Walker's penultimate film (prior to "Fast & Furious 7"), is a dumb and ugly action picture that works strictly as a reminder of the late actor's head-turning good looks and modest charisma.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Dystopia’s supposed to be worse than what’s in the papers, fellas. Try to keep up.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Faced with a story that doesn't make much sense, the filmmakers switch gears and try for a sociological statement - something about the marginalized and the neglected. This makes for a funny last five minutes, but sad, too, because Walker was better than this, even if his movies sometimes weren't.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    If nothing else, it's consistent — consistently stupid, with things like character development and story advancement never getting in the way of another parkour stunt.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    The film is put together too choppily to appreciate the bounce-off-walls athleticism of parkour. That’s a shame, since “District 13” star Belle is known as a founder of the sport.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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