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Brick

Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Emilie De Ravin    Unrated   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Brendan Frye Is A Loner, Someone Who Knows All The Angles But Has Chosen To Stay On The Outside. When The Girl He Loves Turns Up Dead, He Is Determined To Find The "Who" And "Why" And Plunges Into The Dark And Dangerous Social Strata Of Rich Girl Laura, Intimidating Tug, Drug-Addled Dode, Seductive Kara, And The Ominous Pin. But Who Can He Really Trust? These Are The Ingredients Of Brick, A Gritty And Provocative Thriller That Critics Describe As "A Clever, Twist-Filled Whodunit!" (Claudia Puig, Usa Today)

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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
To know whether or not you would be interested in watching "Brick," all you have to do is answer a rather odd little question. Are you interested in seeing a Dashiell Hammett hard-boiled detective story played out as a high school film noir? Now if you are a fan of Hammett and the book and/or movie version of "The Maltese Falcon" the idea of a teenagers spouting dialogue like they were Sam Spade and Kaspar Gutman trapped in younger bodies might be enough to put you off your lunch already. Furthermore, if you are well versed in American cinema the idea might bring to mind Alan Parker's "Bugsy Malone," which put Jodie Foster and a bunch of other pre-teens in a 1930s Chicago gangster movie. But that weird little experiment was not half bad and "Brick" is a lot more successful in trying to pull this off and is a lot closer to "Sin City" than to "Bugsy Malone." "Brick" won the Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision, and you have to grant writer-director Rian Johnson that much for sure.

At the start of the film, Johnson's hero Brendan Frye (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) finds the dead body of Emily (Emilie de Ravin) in a drainage ditch. She had called him earlier in the day pleading for help and later saw her in the back seat of a car as it drove away. Now she is dead. So he decides to find out who killed her and starts backtracking on what she had been doing and with whom. The only one Brendan can trust is the Brain (Matt O'Leary), who is basically a walking computer who observes a lot by just watching while it seems he is working on his computer or solving a Rubik's Cube. This leads him to the high school drug ring and the major players, although not without Brendan getting his face smashed in a few times in his effort to shake things up and see what happens next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, terrible blu-ray quality. July 11 2014
By Justin
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I think it's a very well made movie. However the quality of the blu-ray itself is mediocre at best. The video is fine. It is not supposed to be 'Avatar' or some visually stunning movie anyway. However the the audio is awful. A shame, because while I do really enjoy the movie, it's hard to hear some of the great dialogue in a thoroughly dialogue-driven movie.

The movie, when you can hear it, is sharp and well acted. Definitely recommend the movie itself, but not particularly this purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who took the brick? June 3 2007
By Kona TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
As the story opens, high school student and former drug dealer Brendan Frey (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), receives a cryptic message from his ex-girlfriend, Emily. She dropped him when she started hanging out with the popular kids, and now she's missing. Brendan's search leads him through a maze of nasty jocks and violent drug dealers that eventually leads to Emily's dead body. Now Brendan must find the killer - is it the local drug lord, the drama queen, the hit man, or an enigmatic cheerleader?

If you're looking for something really different, "Brick" is for you. Rian Johnson wrote and directed "Brick" as an homage to the film noir style of the forties. To call the characters and dialogue "hard-boiled" would be an understatement. They are all so jaded and calloused and see little of value in life. They speak in a teen/drug codethat is so unique I actually had to turn on the subtitles to understand the dialogue. That didn't detract from the movie at all, however. Once I figured out what the slang meant, it was a fascinating new language.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has matured a lot since he was in "Third Rock From the Sun." He carries the movie with his James Dean-charisma and brooding charm. Lukas Haas gives a subtle, eerie performance as the club-footed drug lord. There is only one adult in the movie, making the teens seem even more alone and alienated from mainstream society. This is a moody, intense, and unflinching look at the teen drug world. (It's interesting that there are no curse words and no drugs are actually mentioned by name.) Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brick Jan. 18 2011
By E
Format:DVD
A must watch.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays this part so much differently from the later films most people know him from.

Perhaps one of the best Neo-Noir movies out there, and incredibly well put over the backing of highschool drug deals.
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