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
At 41 minutes) regarding the punch according to Rian Johnson "It's a hidden cut where we had the camera back on the dolly track and a long lens for the beginning of it and we slowly backed up, and then when Tugger (Noah Fleiss) walked up to him and pulled back for the punch, we had them freeze. We cut the camera, cranked it down to about six frames per second, and then backed up on the dolly track, then started rolling again, rolled the camera forward, exactly when we passed the spot that we were at on the dolly we cued them, and Tugger started doing the punch and Joe started doing it with him in slow motion. That probably made no sense at all." 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 »
Written and Performed by The Hospital Bombers Experience
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Strange but fun and gripping
Saw this at the Mill Valley Film Festival. It's essentially a film noir set in present-day San Clemente High School, reminiscent of "The Big Sleep," but with drug-dealing added to the mix of double-crossing. The characters may be teenagers, but the dialog channels Chandler and Hammett, and my only real complaint with the film is that Joseph Gordon-Leavitt (in an otherwise wonderful performance) sometimes mumbles; this is dialog you don't want to miss. Lukas Haas is wonderfully eccentric in what is essentially the Sidney Greenstreet role, Noah Fleiss as the dumb thug, and Nora Zehetner even LOOKs like Mary Astor. As with all the great American noir films, there are many sardonic laughs inserted into the dark story.
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