I don’t know if you ever had the chance to see the movie “Brick” (2005), staring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, written and directed by the talented Rian Johnson, who also wrote and directed a little movie by the name of “The Brothers Bloom”, but if you did, you know why I am writing this review.
“Brick” stars Levitt, one of a few up-and-coming stars today who actually demonstrate talent in Hollywood, who you might remember from an odd-ball sitcom many years back called “3rd Rock From The Sun”. He’s been acting for a while now, slowly accumulating a pretty nice repertoire under his name including movies “Mysterious Skin” and “The Lookout”, and some recent bigger budget pictures: “(500) Days of Summer” and “G.I. Joe – The Rise of Cobra”. Some other notables in the movie include Nora Zehetner, who also stars in “The Brothers Bloom”, and Emilie de Ravin (Claire from “Lost”).
So “Brick” is basically a modern interpretation of film-noir. Levitt, a high-school loner, slowly begins to unravel the mysterious criminal underworld in his city, uncovering the secrets and lies along the way that ultimately lead to his ex-girlfriends death (***Not to worry, this is not a spoiler***). With sharp dialogue and a quick wit, Levitt’s character, Brendan, is able to come to terms with what happened and how to prevent it from happening again.
The slow pace to the film is apparent from the very first moments on screen. The style of the movie goes along with how the writers want to portray Levitts character, a wise-beyond his years thinker. In one line, Brendan says to a group of stones lackeys to Dode, a drug dealer Levitt’s character just punched in the face “I’ve got all five senses and I slept last night, that puts me six up on the lot of you.” This is the kind of writing to expect in “Brick”
If you like steller story, and don’t mind waiting for plot to develop, or if you’d like to get a blast from the past with a refreshing take on an ancient style of film-making, give it a shot. I know many people who are unable to get through this one because it takes a bit of patience to sit through. If you can enjoy a movie for what it is, its writing, then I definitely recommend giving this one a watch.
This movies shows up on many people’s lists of movies of the decade that you should watch, and any film-freak should try it. There’s some great writing, the characters are interesting, yet sometimes their eccentricities can get in the way of enjoying the movie. Its something different than anything else out there, so I’d say it does what it set out to do.
Plus, its a great chance to see the talents of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, an actor, reminiscent of a young Heath Ledger, because he’ll definitely be someone you’ll be hearing about in the not to distant future if you haven’t heard of him already.