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Brick Mansions

A remake of 2004 French action film "District 13". In the near future, the worst ghettos are literally walled off and among the worst is Brick Mansions. Controlled by the ruthless crime lord, a young righteous punk is determined to bring him down. When the boss retaliates by kidnapping his sister, a rescue attempt by the boy is destroyed by betrayal that gets him arrested and his sister still in captive. Six months later, a crackerjack undercover cop named Damien is given a urgent mission: a neutron bomb has been stolen by the crime lord in Brick Mansions which has an automatic timer function engaged and set to detonate in less than 24 hours. Now with time running out, Damien and the boy must work together to find and stop the bomb, but there is far more to this crisis than any of the field players realize.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG13
Release Date: 24 Apr 2014
Genre: Action / Drama / Crime
Running Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Distributor: CATHAY-KERIS FILMS
Cast: Paul Walker, Robert Maillet, RZA, David Belle
Director: Camille Delamarre
Format: 2D

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Writer: Dzamira Dzafri

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Watch this if you liked: "The Fast and the Furious" franchise and "Vehicle 19"

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.

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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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