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  • Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nora Zehetner, Lukas Haas, Noah Fleiss, Matt O'Leary
  • Directors: Rian Johnson
  • Producers: Ram Bergman, Mark G. Mathis
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jan. 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KRMZ9W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,480 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Off-beat drama from writer/director Rian Johnson, imitating the conventions of 1940s hardboiled film noir as a teenager investigates his ex-girlfriend's death in a small Southern Californian town. Brendan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is an outsider at his high school, but when his ex-girlfriend Emily goes missing, he decides to investigate. Teaming up with The Brain (Matt O'Leary), Brendan gets close to Emily's group of eccentric and sinister friends. As he begins to suspect the figure known only as The Pin (Lukas Haas), Brendan insinuates himself into his inner circle. But will Brendan uncover truths about Emily, or more dangerous truths about himself?

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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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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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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. The only thing about the film was I found the dialogue a bit hard to follow because of the terms used, accents and the speech from the main character was a little fast.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes a low-key but still charismatic leading-man in this hard-boiled teen movie meets Film Noir thriller. It takes a while to pick up the tale, as it's pretty abstract and consciously dense in places; once it gets going however you'll be drawn-in by Rian Johnson's stylistically deliberately barren landscapes and the performances of the young cast.
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The director, Rian Johnson, also directed "Looper" a film which I very much enjoyed.

The first time I saw this film, I was on a plane, and the dense, brilliant prose that the characters spoke in meant that I felt almost as though I was watching Shakespeare.

A second viewing a couple of years later and it all became much clearer. The characters, all in American high school (not quite university, much like the UK college/6th form) are all speaking in classic film noir. The disconnect between what you see and what you hear is top quality entertainment.

The cast make you believe in the world, with the occasional bobbing for air on the surface to remind us that they are still living at home with their parents.

Betrayal, femme fatales, noir tropes abound and it is glorious.
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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Mar. 2013
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An unlikely but stylish tale surrounding a death takes our hero into the world of high-school drug barons and their muscle. This is not the harsh world of The Wire but of a couple of links further out in the drug supply chain. It remains true to much of the rules of noir; from the muscle of a young Moose Mulloy to the lost Velma, including the beating our hero takes in getting to the truth. Even if the criminal milieu is not quite as hard-boiled as it might be the plot is as traditionally taxing on our intelligence (and memory). I suspect matters of cost determined that the film be shot at dawn (Film Aube perhaps), rather than in the Chandleresque night. The result is, as Greene said of Monaco, a sunny place for shady people.
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