In a dystopian Detroit, abandoned brick mansions left from better times now house only the most dangerous criminals. Unable to control the crime, the police constructed a colossal containment wall around this area to protect the rest of the city. For undercover cop Damien Collier (Paul Walker) every day is a battle against co...more
In a dystopian Detroit, abandoned brick mansions left from better times now house only the most dangerous criminals. Unable to control the crime, the police constructed a colossal containment wall around this area to protect the rest of the city. For undercover cop Damien Collier (Paul Walker) every day is a battle against corruption. For Lino (David Belle), every day is a fight to live an honest life. Their paths never should have crossed, but when drug kingpin, Tremaine (RZA) kidnaps Lino's girlfriend, Damien reluctantly accepts the help of the fearless ex-convict, and together they must stop a sinister plot to devastate the entire city. With stylized action featuring thrilling Parkour stunts (David Belle is the co-founder of the physical training discipline), Brick Mansions puts an entertaining twist on the action genre. less
“Apart from well-executed action scenes containing parkour, Brick Mansions is a pointless remake which doesn't do justice to Paul Walker's legacy.”
A remake of the 2004 French sleeper hit, ‘Banlieue 13’ (District B13), Paul Walker’s last completed film, ‘Brick Mansions’, is a pale imitation of its European original. Made during the early days of the hyperactive net phenomena of parkour, the original despite a so-so plot had enough jazz to keep you riveted thanks to the action sequences and a thumping soundtrack packed with French rap and techno songs. The remake on the other hand is one large Thumbs Up commercial.
In the near future, Detroit’s slums have been cordoned off, keeping the rest of the “civilised” populace safe from the scum of Brick Mansions. Violence, drugs and organized crime run rampant, led by kingpin, Tremaine Alexander (RZA) who prides himself as a bit of a social reformer in this concrete jungle. When Lino (David Belle, from the original film), steals and destroys a lot of cocaine, Tremaine retaliates by kidnapping his former flame and throwing Lino into the slammer. Also thrown in the mix is Damien Collier (Paul Walker), a cop who’s assigned a mission by the mayor to locate a stolen neutron bomb in the possession of Tremaine within twelve hours before it blows up. Damien also has a personal grudge against Tremaine, since he had killed his father during a raid, many years ago. With so little time, Damien needs someone who knows Brick Mansions, inside out and Lino’s continently available.
The movie’s lifeless action scenes contain much of the material from the original but apart from some running around by David Belle, everyone else is simply playing catch-up. Paul Walker is obviously not up for the physical demands of Parkour and every other time, has the screen slow down to make his punches and kicks look more exciting. This is also the kind of movie that showcases a wrestling match with skimpily clad females going at each other with the grace of bulldozer. It even takes pains to make sure the top buttons of one of the contestants are conveniently cut open right before the fight. The car chases on the other hand, make your appreciation for even the worst of car action in the Fast and Furious franchise grow by leaps and bounds.
RZA shows more talent as a chef than a kingpin and is as menacing as a whiny teenager who’s not gotten what he wanted for his fifteenth birthday. Walker unfortunately is lacking as an actor and a martial arts practitioner. David Belle may not have the same athleticism he displayed ten years ago but still knows his stuff, though his lines feel oddly dubbed in parts.
If watching people jump across walls and buildings gives you a boner, then go ahead and spend your money on this D-grade action flick canvassing as something better. Else you’d be better off playing Frogger or renting the original French version. This should definitely not be chalked up on Walker's legacy.