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Its best movieslike Taken, The Transporter, and Lockoutmanage to combine American snarl with Cantonese flavored style.
A kinetic David Belle propelling himself through openings and vaulting over obstacles to escape capture in the decayed urban terrain of Brick Mansions ..
"Belles limitations as an actor remain evident, though the late Paul Walker known more for his surfer boy good looks than anything doesnt fare much be ..
Action buffs can still watch it for the Parkour infused chase sequences.
Put those accomplishments together, and Brick Mansions is easily the best action thriller Ive seen this year.
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Its a ridiculous movie that has the decency to acknowledge that its ridiculous.
"Unfortunately, first time feature director Camille Delamarre who previously edited Luc Bessons EuropaCorp productions like Taken 2 and Transporter 3 ..
But Brick Mansions is slow and confused when it should be fast and exuberant, and what was a spirited, inventive French action movie becomes a Hollywo ..
Its fun to watch at first.All that twirling and sliding is a nice change of pace from the usual seat shaking pyrotechnics.
All would be forgiven if Delamarre could shoot a frame of action worth a Sunday afternoon glued to TNT.
But happily, rookie director Camille Delamarre does a fine job with the action sequences, refraining from too much camera shaking and showing the park ..
Common Sense Media
All the same, it offers an insane and satisfying adventure, loaded with exhilarating action sequences, and pumped up with vivid performances.
Walker goes through the run jump shoot paces with a practiced hero stance.
Ny Daily News
This is a disposable unsavory action film along the lines of Fast and Furious, but without such charm.
Outside of a few entertaining moments, the remake is a clumsy mess that rarely lands a memorable punch.
Its solidly unsurprising (and often quite boring) generic fare, spiced up with steroidal pectorals and fetishy catfights.
A thousand cuts per minute aim to speed us mindlessly past Bessons usual chauvinism, political cynicism and dubious colour coding as in Taken, non Cau ..
A moment that never fails to terrify in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre involves the protagonists attempts to flee Leatherfaces bone strewn lair. ..
Theres nothing else.Brick Mansions is part of an otherwise good trend in recent action movies.
Fans of the original will feel at home in Brick Mansions its damn near to shot for shot but Delamarres lead footed direction and too few parkour scene ..
Both films have the stylishly gritty look, and preposterous premise, of a video game.
Story continues below advertisement While Belles acrobatic stunt work is still impressive a decade later, Brick Mansions is a non starter: It chokes o ..
The Globe And Mail
A D grade action flick with nothing to recommend it beyond a cacophony of mind numbingly generic action sequences, Brick Mansions can be marketed as t ..
It seems a fitting curtain call for a likable actor gone too soon.
10 1 3 / 10 The Luc Besson created District 13 and its sequel, District 13: Ultimatum, were interesting riffs on the Escape from New York template.
For every sequence involving Linos parkour skills ... there are at least two setpieces that are rather nondescript.
Mark Reviews Movies
But depopulated Detroit is hardly the crowded, cop packed crime mecca the film depicts.
Rogers Movie Nation
If you have, youre probably best off sticking with the original, unless the morbid curiosity of seeing one of Walkers final performances proves irresi ..
One Guys Opinion
Its too bad Walker couldnt have completed his last film and had it been something lighter and more enjoyable like a romance or a comedy.
In the meantime, fast and furious will serve to describe the action in the latest vehicle to roll off the Besson assembly line.
High on stuntwork and low on logic, Brick Mansions is the kind of mindless action flick that works well enough on its own dopey terms.
The end result is a typically misguided modern actioner thats a far cry from its French language predecessor, which is a shame, really, given the pote ..
The film is poorly directed, edited, scripted, acted and everything else, and does scant justice both to Walkers presence and Belles prodigious free r ..
Evil henchmen (played by Gouchy Boy, Robert Maillet and others) and one particularly nasty henchwoman (Ayisha Issa), dubious lawmen and shady politici ..
Brawny, dumb and preposterous, it nonetheless comes tantalizingly close to being a high impact allegory of race, class and real estate in a postindust ..
The New York Times
Brick Mansions charges to its conclusion with an absurd storming of city hall and a shocking personality reversal in a character that makes you wonder ..
Perhaps it will serve as a better legacy than Brick Mansions..It could hardly be worse.
It feels like it was fun to make.It feels like, despite being a remake, it was made with some zazz and with, at the least, some desire that it be a ho ..
Whats onscreen is still plenty arresting, sometimes electrifying.
This film lives down to my expectations, with a ludicrous plot involving civic pride and a neutron bomb, and a final twist so risible that it almost t ..
Which is no shame its a harsh discipline but its like watching Fred Astaire dancing with an amateur.
The action is good.Not great but definitely worth a weekend watch.
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Set in 2018 in dystopian Detroit, dangerous criminals have taken up residence in dilapidated buildings known as Brick Mansions.
Spastically directed by Bessons protege Camille Delamarre, the film wastes Belles talents by frantically chopping up the action to make it look extra ..
New York Post
Sadly, thats the only thing thats notable about it and you cant help wondering whether the film might otherwise have gone straight to DVD.
Brick Mansions, a terrible remake of the great French 2004 sleeper hit District B13, is depressing in so many ways.
The many freerunning sequences should satisfy action junkies coming down from The Raid 2 , but Camille Delamarres remake face plants in all other area ..
The most fun the movie has to offer is the often silent chemistry and camaraderie between Walker and Belle, as the former has to figure out the clunky ..
The Film Stage
You may wish the movie did more with a couple of funny, fleeting bits of interplay between its leads, to give us something else to remember Walker by.
For a movie that is so based in its action sequences, they never really get your blood pumping the way they should.
Blogs Indie Wire
See it for Belle. See it for the parkour. And for the wonderfully magical spectacle of a man, flying.
If all of this sounds to you like a good time at the movies, then by all means load up on popcorn and settle in for 90 minutes of frenetic fun.
Movies Tv Guide
Its the kind of action movie whose forward momentum and clarity of B movie purpose are strong enough to keep you lively and entertained for a good 90 ..
It doesnt make it any more intelligent, but at least its not dull.
Maki At The Movies
Conversely, Brick Mansions director Camille Delamarre tries to compete with the visual dynamism on screen and sabotages Belles fine work by causing su ..
There are gunfights and car chases galore, but none of them are especially exciting since the films characters are so lazily sketched.
A large part of you wants to attribute the failings of Brick Mansions to some cultural glitch in co operation between its film making partners.
But sometimes that still isnt fast or furious enough for us to see it until long after the star has winked out.Just like much slower film release sche ..
Its marred only by the not so impressive CGI explosion that marks its conclusion; up to that point, its a great bit of action filmmaking.
"Like a kid striking out in tee ball, Brick Mansions sets up intriguing dystopian ideas and action movie functionality, only to whiff at every turn."
Parkour has never been overly popular in the US and its well beyond its mid 2000s peak.
Its nonstop chases and insane gunfire exchanges dont allow for a millisecond of boredom.
The final result is passable enough to justify a rental a for action lovers, but for everyone else Brick Mansions deserves a pass.
How can you do Parkour stunts when the half the citys buildings have been torn down.Youve got to land somewhere, right
East Bay Express
Furthermore, the action keeps switching from too fast to too slow.
You see this movie for the thrilling stunt ride, and its a blast in that respect.
Fat Guys At The Movies
Sadly, this lame French/Canadian sci fi buddy cop actioner might not live quite so long in the memory.
This is ultimately frankly, too ultimately (you feel all 89 minutes) a movie about class warfare and social oppression that isnt remotely science fict ..
It takes itself so seriously at times that its hard to enjoy the fun.
If youre happy with the preposterous nature of this cartoonish retread, theres fun to be had thanks to a series of inventive action setpieces, particu ..
Despite Walker and Belle giving solid performances and impressing in some fight scenes, Brick Mansions is a ridiculously stupid and forgettable action ..
Brick Mansions packs gunfights, car chases, acrobatic stunts and humor into one stylized package.
Contains little of the original movies humor and none of the musclebound, bald French dudes District 13 promised us would be so plentiful in the dysto ..
Blogs Houston Press
You can almost surmise we have one movie the creators wanted to make.
Frankly, there are a lot of actors who have a lot of worse last films on their credits.
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