Writer: Dzamira DzafriWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
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Like many great action movies, "Brick Mansions" isn't very plot heavy, the dialogues can be cheesy and effortless and some of the actors can't be trusted with the delivery of some of the lines, but the outstanding action sequences and overall enjoy-ability of the film makes one of Paul Walker's last films something worthwhile to watch.
The plot, though very minuscule with meaning, has a very creative base which features a city separating the less fortunate population away from the more fortunate in a place called Brick Mansions. Ruled by a crime lord, Brick Mansions is run on drugs, guns and violence and that's where Paul Walker's character comes in. Paul Walker's role as an undercover cop joins forces with an ex-con to take down the crime lord for their own sake of personal revenge, and to stop him from destroying the better part of the city.
The ex-con, played by David Belle, is extraordinary when it came to his action and stunt choreography, which he does himself. The sequences shot of him were beautiful and well executed, and it shows too, because he literally is the all knowing founder of Parkour. His acting was also pretty sub-par to Paul Walker's, though he wasn't as fluid as the late actor.
Walker's part, on the other hand, was pretty much the same thing he's used to in most of his films. But that doesn't necessarily mean that it's a bad thing. His easy going ideal he brought to the set brings a lot of personality from what is seen in the film.
Of course, there are also car chases, guns a-blazing, and battle scenes reminiscing ones from video games and boss fights. There was also a small bit of dialogue with Paul Walker talking about a car crash which gave the reviewer goosebumps.
RZA, co-founder of the Wu-Tang Clan and director and star of that weird "The Man with the Iron Fists" movie played Tremaine, the drug lord of Brick Mansions and he did a surprisingly wonderful job. His opening scene was chilling and his big pack of one-liners in the film was noticeably borderline hilarious.
In conclusion, fans of die hard action films with very little care about the plot but do love action sequences with well adjusted cinematography, a little bro-mance and a girl-on-girl battle will soil their pants watching this one. "Brick Mansions", although not perfect, is a must watch film because it is so enjoyable to watch and it is still a respected tribute for Paul Walker himself.Cinema Online, 24 April 2014