When Brendan Frye (Gordon-Levitt) gets an unsettling phonecall from his panicked ex-girlfriend (de Ravin) he starts to look into the drug dealing clique she has fallen in with. When her body turns up a few days later, Brendan decides to get to the bottom of her death even if it means getting involved with some bad people.
Brick takes all the elements of a 1940s gumshoe detective tale and fuses them with a modern day California high school drama. Instead of using witless Clueless style chit chat, the kids use bizarre detective slang which comes across a little precocious in my opinion but it's a bold move that adds a distinct flavor to the film. All the performances are strong, especially Gordon-Levitt and Lukas Haas who plays a 26 year old drugs baron with an orthopaedic shoe and runs his crime empire from his mums house. There are many eccentricities that make Brick an entertaining watch but it's a little overlong and confusing. Some of the dialogue will be lost on some viewers and as the amazon review points out, it's probably better to watch a second time.
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