The lonely teenager Brendan finds his former girlfriend Emily dead in the entrance of a tunnel of sewage and recalls her phone call two days ago, when she said to him that she was in trouble. Brendan, who still loved Emily, met bad elements of his high-school trying to contact her, and when he succeeded, she told him that she was OK. He hides her body in the tunnel and decides to investigate the meaning and connection of four words, including "brick" and "pin", that Emily told him to find who killed her. Using the support of his nerd friend Brain, he successively meets the small time drug dealers Kara, Dode, Brad Bramish, Laura and Tugger, to reach the teenager powerful drug dealer The Pin. Slowly, Brendan unravels the motives why Emily was killed and plots a revenge. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
In the credits, a song is listed titled "Brain Hammer", credited as "Written and Performed by The Hospital Bombers Experience" and "Courtesy of Amalgamated Conglomerate Music Inc." It refers to the song that is playing in Tug's car when Brendan rides in the trunk, which is in actuality "me chugging some noise into Protools at 2 in the morning with my electric guitar," according to director Rian Johnson. (The band name is a reference to the song "The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton," by The Mountain Goats, a favorite of Johnson's. When bandleader John Darnielle saw this reference, he contacted Johnson, and Johnson has since directed two music videos and a concert DVD for The Mountain Goats.) See more »
The second time that Brendan and The Brain meet at The Brain's spot. As Brendan asks The Brain about the words that Emily spoke on the phone, two students walk behind them. A few moments later, the exact same pair of students walk behind Brendan, going in the same direction. See more »
'Brick' is a film noir murder mystery featuring contemporary high school students who talk and behave like 1940's-style gangsters.
I hastily bought a ticket to 'Brick' at the Sundance Film Festival, knowing nothing about it but what was written in the Sundance catalog. I almost didn't go to the 9:15am screening but I am so glad I did. 'Brick' was by far the best of the eight films I'd seen up until then. It's one of those rare movies that keeps me grinning throughout, delighted by every turn of the grim plot.
The slang is thick but contextual. Watch closely for little camera tricks like a clock that reads 5:45 until it comes into focus and suddenly reads 8:30.
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