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.
Damien and Leito return to District 13 on a mission to bring peace to the troubled sector that is controlled by five different gang bosses, before the city's secret services take drastic measures to solve the problem.
In a future where Detroit's most dangerous criminals occupy the city's deserted brick mansions, an undercover cop joins forces with an ex-convict to defeat the notorious drug kingpin who has taken the mayor hostage. Detroit has fallen to crime, and in an effort to contain it, authorities have sealed up the inner city with a massive wall. Once you're inside, you never get out. Lino (David Belle) is an ex-con who's trying to make the best of life in this urban penitentiary when his girlfriend is abducted by ruthless drug lord Tremaine (RZA). Meanwhile, as undercover cop Damien Collier (Paul Walker) contends with deep-rooted corruption within the police department, Tremaine imprisons the mayor, and threatens to detonate a powerful weapon unless he's paid millions in ransom. Despite their differences, Lino and Collier are the only men capable of entering the city, and defeating Tremaine's gang. With the clock ticking, this mismatched duo must now prevent Detroit from being completely ...
RZA references Bob Marley lyrics twice in the movie. First he says "now I have to go and shoot a Sheriff and a Deputy" referring to Bob Marley's song I shot the sheriff..but I didn't shoot no deputy. And the next time he references Bob Marley's no woman no cry lyrics when he's about to set off the bomb saying "in this great future you can't forget your past" which is a lyric from the song. See more »
When Paul Walker is going to enter the code on the bomb the first time you can see the first 3 digits "482" are already on the number pad. See more »
Brick Mansion, a Canadian-French movie directed by Camille Delamarre, is a remake of a movie called District B13. This movie specially features David Belle and Paul Walker. The movie sets off with a scene of Lino (David Belle) pouring all the cocaine into the bath tub like the movie District B13. He gets chased by the owners of the cocaine, and eventually gets caught.
What I like about the movie is the parkour. Other movies are just car chase scenes and such. But this movie is so unique that in chases, Lino uses parkour to get out of different conflicts. I think that most of the movie was about David Belle and his parkour. I personally love David Belle and his parkour videos in YouTube. And it was the first movie I've seen David Belle in action.
When it comes to acting, David Belle was kind of lacking in those aspects. Of course, Paul Walker is just a master when it comes to acting. Some actors were lacking in the actings. The corrupt colonel's emotions and expressions were obvious and not clear. But the extras, K-2 and Tremaine's actings were very positive. Their movements and actings were realistic and it was like I was actually in the scene and experience the life in Brick Mansions.
I love the idea how it was set in Detroit. The movie gives me a feeling that it's a remake of District B13 for the American fans. Detroit is a place full of gangsters and it was a good choice to have the movie set in the city. It was kind of confusing because the Brick Mansions were in the middle of the city, not at like the side but in the middle. I asked to myself "Why would Delamarre choose Detroit and not New York, and why would she place it at the middle?"
The sound effects in this movie were expected as it's a modern movie. The guns shots were normal, the vehicle noises were usual. But the slow going sound while David Belle does his parkour was amazing. As David Belle's parkour goes on to a slow rampage, its sound makes it better. The slow ongoing sound gets the audience to think "What's going to happen?" or "Is he going to survive that jump?"
The camera angles in this movie were very surprising. The cameramen managed to get all the footage of David Belle's parkour moves and managed to get a good view of it. When the camera moves fast, the screen would just blur and you would have to get the camera to stop in order to get a better view. But this movie had none of those issues; we had the best view we could have to see David Belle's amazing parkour moves. This feature of the movie Brick Mansions brought a huge success.
Now if we look deeply into the plot of the movie itself, I believe that it was confusing and difficult to understand the plot and where it's guiding us to. I couldn't see a lot of flow in this movie. It went from a place straight to another place. I asked myself "Why would the Mayor just send a man and not a group of men. And why was Damein chosen to be the 'chosen one'." But these kinds of issues I think were just at the beginning. As soon as Damein and Lino manages to get into Brick Mansions the scenes started to flow a bit. I think that the director, Camille Delamarre, decided to have the beginning end quick and wanted to have the scene in Brick Mansions ASAP. The plot was one of the issues that make me feel that Brick Mansions were a total fail. But after showing some effort at the end to have the flow going, it turned my thoughts to a better view about the movie.
The overall or general view of this movie is positive. I really likes this movie because of its uniqueness. It was one of the first action movies I've watched that involved parkour. I love the idea of "uniqueness" and how it gets fit into action movies. Also the stars of this movie were amazing, David Belle did a great job doing parkour and trying to act like Paul Walker. Sadly, Paul Walker was not able to premier this due to his tragic accident. I wish him all the best wherever and whenever he's out there.
R.I.P Paul Walker
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