Film review – Brick (2005)

brickFilm: Brick
Released: 2005
Director: Rian Johnson
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Emilie de Ravin

A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.

What I thought of it:
This wants so desperately to be film noir – I felt like it was missing a jaded voice over drawling, “The dame was trouble – I could tell that the moment I first laid eyes on her…” – but unfortunately falls far short. I’d lost all interest by the time we were about twenty minutes in because I’d already worked out who was behind it all and couldn’t have cared less.

I felt plagued by the non-stop music, most of which is quite jangly, and each character seems to have a signature piece of music which accompanies their every appearance onscreen. As you can imagine, this gets old very fast and is incredibly annoying.

I cannot fathom why this is rated so highly on IMDb (a 7.4 average rating from almost 60,000 users!) because it is so undeserving of notice. It’s not even a proper detective/mystery film – it’s a high school student who just cannot let go of his ex-girlfriend (which is a bit stalker-ish, if you ask me!) and rather than go to the cops about what’s going on, gets himself involved so he can work out whodunnit, which, if he’d been paying attention, he could probably have done in about five minutes flat.

Rating: Like a Star @ heaven
Boring. Just plain old boring. And very, very predictable. Oh, and rather pretentious to boot. Not even the presence of Joseph Gordon-Levitt can save this piece of garbage – his immense talent is completely wasted here.

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