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 »
When Pin and Brendan are talking at Pin's kitchen table, the position of the Pin's cane changes angles with each shot. See more »
This is a very irritating film. It's like Bugsy Malone without the songs. It all comes across as kids doing Film Noir for their school project - badly. It is an unengaging story about an unlikable girl who goes missing, and her miserable ex-boyfriend who tries to solve the big mystery. Yawn. The dialogue is perhaps the most annoying part of Brick. Clearly the writer has mistaken 'incomprehensible' for 'clever'. It's all gabbled nonsense like "Jimmy C got goosed by the bulls and now I'm half-galloned to Milwaukee. Find out where Eddie Cheerio hides his cake and then meet me behind the Flapjack shop at a quarter past lunch." Or something.
In truth the film is slightly better than a 1, but is just so irritating in how smart it thinks it is that it needs bringing down a peg or two.
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