Saturday, April 26 2014, 11:26 AM MDT
Movie Review: Brick Mansions
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Camille Delamarre
Starring: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Recommended To: Paul Walker fans and action who either haven’t seen District B13 or don’t mind a watered down version of the French original.
Synopsis: Damien (Paul Walker), an undercover cop, infiltrates Brick Mansions, a quarantined district overrun with criminals in dystopian Detroit, to disarm a bomb that could level the entire area.
Review: Brick Mansions is essentially District B13 Americanized and watered down for a PG-13 rating. What that means is that not only has the location been changed from Paris to Detroit, but also that a lot of the manic insanity the fueled the original film has been lost in translation. As a result Brick Mansions feels like it takes its implausible B-movie plot a little too seriously. Fortunately neither editor-turned-director Camille Delamarre or his cast take themselves too seriously and while the results pale in comparison to the dystopian brilliance of The Raid or the utter madness of District B13 it at least proves to be entertaining in a mindless sort of way. Paul Walker, in one of his final roles, is amicable, his performance isn’t exactly a work of genius, but it gets the job done. The real action star of the film is parkour stuntman/actor David Belle, who also appeared in both District B13 films. He jumps, contorts and bounces off walls while throwing punches and kicking his way through the throngs of morally questionable individuals. If you’re looking for intellectual stimulation Brick Mansions isn’t going to satisfy; if you’re in search of 90 minutes of silly escapism you’re in luck.
-Ryan Michael Painter