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Brick [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Lukas Haas , Rian Johnson    DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Emilie de Ravin, Meagan Good, Richard Roundtree
  • Directors: Rian Johnson
  • Writers: Rian Johnson
  • Producers: Angela Roessel, Craig Johnson, Dana Lustig, Lisa Johnson, Marcie Campbell
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FVQM2Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,333 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Priyan Meewella VINE VOICE
2005's first truly inventive film arrived with little flourish but plenty of style. Rian Johnson's directorial debut moves classic noir into a high school environment in what would be a gimmick if it were about visual appearances, but is instead about heart.

After receiving a frightened phone call from an ex-girlfriend, Brendan [Joseph Gordon-Levitt] enters the local underworld to shake things up and search for answers. With everything unfamiliar, his only friend is The Brain [Matt O'Leary] who feeds him information while he tries to track her down along a path that introduces him to a shady drug-dealing kingpin [Lukas Haas], hot-headed thugs, and femme fatales. Once murder enters the equation, he knows he is in too deep, but is determined not to stop until he discovers the truth.

The noir translates jarringly at first to its new setting. Unconvincing teenage characters shoot the sharp dialogue of the 1940's, but the strength of the delivery of this world will soon draw you in. Visually Johnson doesn't go the way of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang but instead uses a subtler technique, draining colours in some areas and adding vibrancy in others. Our hero Brendan wears an old grey jacket with glasses and an unruly mop of curly hair rather than the traditional hero's sharp get-up, but this serves to make him more accessible to us.

The plot is suitably convoluted and certainly unpredictable, yet not the film's memorable aspect. Rather it is the feeling that permeates the entire experience, strangely aided by how out of place these teenage criminals seem. Gordon-Levitt offers another strong turn as an outsider, but unlike Mysterious Skin his attraction here is from his passionate, single-minded focus rather than sexual presence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very unique film! 19 Jun 2009
I'll start this off by saying this is definitly not for everyone.It's along the same cult league as Donnie Darko.People with no patience will watch this with high expectations and walk away disappointed.Then there will be those who will enjoy and appreciate every minute.

The movie involves a school kid investigating his girlfriends disappearance which leads him in the schools underworld lead by the mysterious Pin.

The film lacks in action and suspense but works well as a thriller.I have to say this is one of Lukas Haas's best performances with the exception of `Lady in White.`
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, original take on film Noir!!! 21 July 2007
This is a truly astounding film. It is Film Noir in the truest sense, whilst giving it a new twist by taking on the the original, modern-day setting of an American high-school. The cinematography, score, direction and acting throughout contribute to making this film a really captivating and enjoyable experience.

The film portrays teenage issues but originally within an adult framework and shot in a traditional noir style. The plot revolves around high-school loner Brendan Frye (played by Joseph Gordon-levitt, better known as the young one in hit tv show 3rd Rock From the Sun), who tries to track down his missing ex-girlfriend. The trail leads him into the underworld of high-school crime, a gripping mystery ensues leading him back deeper and deeper into the unwanted world of violence and betrayal he had tried to leave behind.

The style and pace of the film is reminiscent of noir classics such as The Maltese Falcon and Chinatown. Bringing the traditional detective story to modern day suburbia with teenage american politics as the context. The film takes you into the sometimes warped, but I feel accurately portrayed mind of the 21st century teenager (although technically set in the 80s) in a way never attempted before and at the same time bringing noir back to the fore.

Also I must disagree with previous reviewers who complained about the films cinematography and dialogue. I would agree with the comments that the dialogue in particular is out of place, IF this was a shot in a more generally accepted style of film-making, but it's not, it's film noir and as such fits absolutely perfectly with the pace and plot of the movie.

So if you want to see an extremely original, gripping and thought provoking film then check it out. It may not suit everyone but it's definitley worth a look. Highly reccommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stoned Love 24 May 2006
The well worn conventions of the Teen Movie, as in "Mean Girls" and the detective thriller, as in "Chinatown" or more to the point David Lynch's surreal "Twin Peaks" collide in the strange yet ultimately successful "Brick," which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt (so very good in "Mysterious Skin") as a teenage Sam Spade with strong overtones of Dirty Harry and equally strong low tones of Holden Caulfield. Gordon-Levitt's Brendan is determined to discover why and by whom his ex-girlfriend Emily (Emile de Ravin) was murdered.

First time director Rian Johnson exhibits a strong sense of style and an amazing finesse with his young cast: they all come off as caring, thoughtful, emotionally stable or not human beings... not gorgons or aliens as they are so often portrayed on the screen.

Besides Brendan, the other amazing creation is Lukas Hass's take as "Pin" (as in Kingpin): a kind of Don Corleone/Superfly character who reigns over a group of young thugs. Hass and Johnson's writing for him get very close to caricature but thankfully never quite take it all the way there.

"Brick" and Gordon-Levitt's Brendan are refreshing, daring and astringent creations and as such are not to be missed by anyone interested in contemporary American movies.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting watch
I found this movie was a good watch and something a bit different. I watched it because it was one of Empires 500 greatest films. I can understand why it made the list. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Juddz444
5.0 out of 5 stars Brick, awesome film
Film noir, very original, very entertaining, very funny at select parts. I really enjoy this film every time I watch it (and yes, I have watched it numerous times). Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2011 by Sarah J
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold Brick (a.k.a. boy, there are lots of idiots out there..)
The internet is the most frequent lounging place for people with no subtlety, depth, patience or appreciation of intelligence, as evidenced by the spread of stupid virals and the... Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2009 by Adam J. Levene
2.0 out of 5 stars A classic... turkey, that is.
This really is like a student drama project - the 'acting' is excruciating; the dialogue either embarrassingly hip or thankfully unintelligible; the plot utterly unengaging. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2008 by Bill
2.0 out of 5 stars did they filmed it themselves for a high school project?
Mildly intruiging but certainly nothing memorable....complicated plot for the sake of complication.....dawson's creek on crack....all a bit silly really..... Read more
Published on 13 July 2007 by Mr. M. Molyneux
2.0 out of 5 stars not so great
the concept was good but the scenario just wasnt pulled off. i got pretty bored way before the end, but struggled on. i wouldnt recommend....
Published on 21 Jun 2007 by C Fowler
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This film is so so good and I don't really know why. Well, I have an idea it was something to do with the brilliant script, the great performances from people I had never seen... Read more
Published on 8 May 2007 by M. O. HAYNES
2.0 out of 5 stars Great camera work, but not another Donnie Darko
Got this film due to its general description and comparisons with DD.

However, I would summarize this film as being made by a genius camera man with a strange... Read more
Published on 22 April 2007 by Dave
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea, doesn't really work
Brick tries to fuse a modern Californian high school crime drama with Bogart-esque film noir and doesn't quite pull it off. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2007 by R. Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars A grower.....
I had heard manygood things about this film so decided to give it a go. Not being a fan of film noir I wasn't immediately grabbed by it. Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2007 by Ashleigh
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