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Brick Mansions (2014)

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An undercover Detroit cop navigates a dangerous neighborhood that's surrounded by a containment wall with the help of an ex-con in order to bring down a crime lord and his plot to devastate the entire city.

Director:

Camille Delamarre

Writers:

Luc Besson (screenplay), Luc Besson (screenplay "Banlieue 13") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Walker ... Damien Collier
David Belle ... Lino
RZA ... Tremaine Alexander
Goûchy Boy ... K2
Catalina Denis ... Lola
Ayisha Issa ... Rayzah
Carlo Rota ... George the Greek
Andreas Apergis ... Berringer
Richard Zeman ... Major Reno
Robert Maillet ... Yeti
Bruce Ramsay ... Mayor
Frank Fontaine ... Grandfather Collier
Chimwemwe Miller Chimwemwe Miller ... Accountant (as Chimwemwe Dave Miller)
Andy Bradshaw Andy Bradshaw ... Roy (as Anderson Bradshaw)
Ryan Trudeau Ryan Trudeau ... Floyd
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An undercover Detroit cop navigates a dangerous neighborhood that's surrounded by a containment wall with the help of an ex-con in order to bring down a crime lord and his plot to devastate the entire city.

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Undercover and never Outgunned See more »


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Rated PG-13 for frenetic gunplay, violence and action throughout, language, sexual menace and drug material | See all certifications »

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France | Canada | USA

Language:

English | Chinese

Release Date:

25 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

District B13 See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,516,855, 27 April 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,285,518, 22 June 2014
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2.35 : 1
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As Damien and Lino are being transferred from the prison, you can see the Montreal skyline behind the van. See more »

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When Alexander leaves Yeti to deal with our heroes, he hands him a gun that is stainless steel. After defeating Yeti, they pick up the gun, but now it's black. See more »

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Damien Collier: ["Count3"]
Lino: ["3"]
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Short Change Hero
Written by Kelvin Swaby, Dan Taylor, Spencer Page and Chris Ellul
Performed by The Heavy
Published by Just isn't Music
With courtesy of Counter Records
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Brick Mansions is a mediocre, but moderately entertaining, remake
27 June 2014 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

Brick Mansions is a remake of the entertaining French film Banlieue 13, which was basically an exhibition of "parkour" structured around a screenplay inspired by Escape from New York. Brick Mansions moves the action to the United States, and adds Paul Walker as a co-star in order to have a famous name; and from the original film, it preserved the presence from David Belle in the role of an ex-convict with a golden heart whose incredible "abs" and acrobatic ability are indispensable for him to navigate the dangerous territory of Detroit, where the story is developed (even though, ironically, most of the film was shot in Canada). What it couldn't preserve was big part of the violence; it seems as if director Camille Delamarre didn't want to risk himself to an "R" rating, and he diluted the most extreme parts in order to obtain the more commercial "PG-13". Anyway, I found Brick Mansions mediocre, but moderately entertaining, despite the hollow characters and an improbable screenplay whose main function is finding excuses for the frequent fights, shootouts, car chases and, of course, the "parkour" scenes where Belle and his disciples can display their physical ability. Walker was given the dramatic scenes, and he made an adequate work, even though his character is quite similar to the one he developed in The Fast and the Furious saga. But anyway, since Brick Mansions is one of the last films from his filmography, there's no doubt that his character in here is consistent with the rest of it, and once more, he proves the histrionic growth he achieved, from his beginnings as a bland gallant until becoming a decent actor. For the rest, Brick Mansions didn't bore me, but it's mediocre, and I found Banlieue 13 much more intense and entertaining. Besides, I didn't like the decision of dubbing Belle's dialogs. I guess his accent was considered too French. Maybe, if he had been an Austrian, they would have let him speak English despite nobody understanding a word from him...


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