Fans of Paul Walker beware, Brick Mansions is not the swan song many were hoping it would be. Good thing we still have Fast and Furious 7 to look forward to. That’s something I thought I’d never say…
Brick Mansions is a remake of 2004 French film District B13. I was first acquainted with District B13 several years ago at Bad Movie Night. We expected a terrible movie, and got a bad movie with some sweet action. District B13 and Brick Mansions star French actor, and renowned stunt coordinator, David Belle, one of the eight founders of parkour. Given that, you’d expect some sweet action and, on this front, Brick Mansions delivers. It’s every other front that it seems to come up short.
Brick Mansions stars Paul Walker, an undercover officer with the right skill set to get in and get out when a military convey is highjacked in the Brick Mansion district of Detroit. Walker is a likable actor, not necessarily good, but likable. This trend continues in Brick Mansions. David Belle plays a Brick Mansion resident wanted by the local drug dealers and law enforcement who roam the perimeter of his district alike. These two unlikely companions team up and fun action, bad dialogue, acting and poor story telling ensue. The Brick Mansion district, a character in it’s own right, is a high-end, high rise housing development gone wrong. This district has been walled off, and forgotten, now existing outside of government and law. In this fallen utopia drug dealers rule, low income families hide, and addicts litter the streets and roof tops. The RZA plays the main antagonist throughout the film as the drug dealer and self-proclaimed ruler of the Brick Mansions district. The RZA’s acting is laughable, writing is forgettable, and character is cliche. Joining them is a cast of cliche tough guys, hot girls, and waves of gang members.
The story in Brick Mansions is somehow straightforward and predictable while being incredibly convoluted. Director Camille Delamarre (Taken 2, Transporter 3) tried to jam to much story into a film that should have focused solely on action. The result is a movie full of unintentional laughs, unnecessary slow-mo with some cool action scenes, and car chases.