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Brick (2005)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  14 April 2006 (USA)
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A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily (as Emilie De Ravin)
Reedy Gibbs ...
Tracy Bitterolf ...
Straggler (as Tracy Wilcoxen)
Tangles (as Ari Velkom)


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

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A detective story.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 April 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Ponta de um Crime  »

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$475,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$83,574 (USA) (31 March 2006)


$99,056 (New Zealand) (13 October 2006)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


After telling Brendan that he has been included in the team by The Pin, Brendan's watch indicates that it is 12.30 pm. If so, the sun should have been almost above him and not half way up in the sky. See more »


[first lines]
[Brendan answers the pay phone]
Emily: Brendan.
Brendan Frye: Emily.
Emily: Yeah-h... How's things?
Brendan Frye: Status quo.
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Sister Ray
Written by Lou Reed, John Cale, Maureen Tucker, & Sterling Morrison (as Sterling Morrision)
Performed by The Velvet Underground (as Velvet Underground)
Courtesy of Universal Records
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Film Noir meets 90s High School flick
22 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at a sneak preview the other night not knowing what to expect. To say the least I was pleasantly surprised. Film Noir being one of my favorite film genre's, "Brick" follows the same story structure, odd-ball characters, right down to the very smart and quick paced dialogue of a 30s/40s hard boiled detective thriller. The twist that lifts it above parody and even a mere homage is the presentation of these elements with high school kids in Southern California. The direction by Rian Johnson is very expert and confident in telling the story, giving the audience smooth and quick editing along with skewed and distorted camera angles. He manages to maintain suspense throughout the film, only in a couple of parts letting it drag (the scenes with the Drama Queen are some of the weakest). The actors are great, the most memorable being the "villains" Pen and Tugger. Rather than just being atypical baddies, their portrayals give them depth, sympathy, and at the same time a degree of likability. Kudos also goes to the actor who played Brain, the partner of Frye, who is nearly flawless in his somewhat small role. John Shaft himself, Richard Roundtree, shows up as the Vice Principal, but it is obvious they only had the budget to hire him for one day. I have to say this isn't a classic film by any means; I merely decided to give it such a high rating because it attempts something different and succeeds fairly successfully. I've been tired of the mundane films that get released every year, and for once this is something that is completely different; the use of archetypal characters in the setting and delivery not expected. It's a low budget film, but it is obvious to me that that this filmmaker will be heard from again. Keep an eye out.

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