Brick Mansions (2014) Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA, Go?chy Boy, Catalina Denis, Ayisha Issa, Carlo Rota - movie review on The Movie Scene

Brick Mansions (2014)   3/53/53/53/53/5


Paul Walker, David Belle in Brick Mansions (2014)

Detroit 2018

Lino (David Belle) lives in an area of Detroit where the police don't go as it is surrounded by an impenetrable wall and the drug lords and dealers run the place. But Lino is no dealer and he is doing the best he can to keep the block of flats he lives in clean. Damien Collier (Paul Walker) is an under cover narcotics detective who ends up going in to this area of Detroit to bring down a crime lord with the help of Lino. But someone else has plans for this area which means Lino and Damien will need to work together to survive and save those they care about

Let me get down to business, if you want to watch 90 minutes of super slickly choreographed action ranging from the agility of David Belle bouncing, jumping and flipping from one building to the next to some fast car action then you should watch "Brick Mansions", And I might be a bit presumptuous but if you enjoy this sort of action you are probably a fan of Paul Walker and maybe David Belle which will be a bonus. Of course if you are a fan of David Belle then you probably have already watched "District 13" which this is a remake of and might find this version to one dimensional.

Now what I mean by that is that "Brick Mansions" is all about the action and whilst there is a storyline I reckon that may take up half an hour of the movie with the other hour being all about the action. Now don't get me wrong as the action is slick with David Belle impressing with his agility whilst Paul Walker delivers some snappy action with the aid of plenty of snappy edits. But where as the original spent time to building up the main characters this one doesn't do that and so it ends up all about the action.

What this all boils down to is that "Brick Mansions" is entertaining with lots of slickly choreographed action. But the action dominates the movie and whilst that it is expected it doesn't do enough to build up the characters or stories, almost taking it for granted that you already know it.


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