Film: Brick Mansions
Cast: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA
Directed by: Camille Delamarre
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins
Rating: * *
Paul Walker’s last completed film (Fast and Furious 7 is in the pipeline) before his untimely death, Brick Mansions has a considerably silly plot co-written by Luc Besson. His films, whether written or directed are mostly action oriented with little or no regard for logic and semblance. Directed by Camille Delamarre who is helming the next installment of Transporter, this is a remake of the French film District 13 (2004) which had some high octane action.
Paul Walker plays Damien and undercover cop who has busted quite a few gangs but his ultimate target remains a mafia boss (RZA) who lives in a ghetto that is segregated from the rest of the city, hence the title of the film.
To take on the bad guys he gets help from a suspect Lino (David Belle, reprising the role from District 13) and there is also a sub plot involving a lethal rocket that might launched on the city. The rocket incidentally reminded me of the ones used by Pralaynath Gendaswamy in Tirangaa (1992)
Even though David Belle’s Parkour skills and agility is impressive, the audience cannot really soak in the action because of the fast cuts. Eventually, it ends up looking like kids playing cops and robbers.
There is no intensity or conviction in the proceedings and the acting is also amateurish at times barring Paul Walker. All the sentimentality in the world not withstanding, Brick Mansions is a darn silly film.
Published in The Navhind Times on 27th Apr 2014