in 2018, in a
dystopian Detroit (as if there is any other kind), Paul Walker stars as
Damien – a hot shot undercover detective looking for revenge.
He has spent all of his energy chasing down the people responsible for
his father’s death, and it looks like he has a chance to
settle the score with the last survivor.
Tremaine (RZA) is the crime lord of Brick Mansions – a
housing project so overrun with lawlessness and violence the city set
up a blockade around it (and, if Detroit is afraid of this place, it
must be one of Dante’s Circles of Hell). Tremaine has
obtained a bomb, and Damien is supposed to go in and retrieve it for
the authorities, which suits our super cop just fine, because this
crime lord is the man he conveniently is seeking. Of course, Damien
can’t do it alone, so he has been teamed up with a vigilante,
Lino (David Belle), who has his own agenda.
Can Damien and Lino work together?
Will Damien be able to obtain his revenge on Tremaine?
What is Lino trying to accomplish?
is full of slow motion fight scenes, explosions, car chases, cool
stunts and women dressed very provocatively, but it takes so much more
than that to make a good movie.
Director Camille Delamarre and writers Luc Besson and Bibi Naceri know
how to make a movie that looks good and will appeal to basic instincts,
but that’s where the praise ends. The plot is a jumble of
junk as they come up with the most convoluted way to team up Lino and
Damien, and take far too long to do it.
Then, Brick Mansions
feels like two movies clumsily cobbled together into one. You can
almost surmise we have one movie the creators wanted to make. Then,
someone felt the need to get Paul Walker into this film to sell some
tickets, so they came up with a crazy story for him without regard to
how it meshed with the other one. Amazingly enough, Brick Mansions
based on a French film that also starred Belle, so someone did this
once before and figured it would work a second time. Did it work the
first time? Did those two actors have better chemistry than Walker and
Belle? I hope so, because these two don’t fit together.
Worst of all, most of the characters, especially our bad guys, are
horribly cartoonish. Each one sounds stupid when given some joke or
wise acre comment, and it doesn’t help when the audience
realizes how horrendous these lines sound and mockingly laugh at the
people on the screen. This is not the good laughter the producers were
needs to be torn down and rebuilt.
Mansions is rated PG-13 for frenetic gunplay, violence and action
throughout, language, sexual menace and drug material.