Off the wall. A+ for idea and execution but realism was lacking for characters age.
neo-noir detective based in a highschool? sign me up. love the dialogue the acting.
over 5 years
Stylised high school noirish crime drama. Definitely intriguing enough.
Like if Bugsy Malone took itself seriously.
It's well constructed, but lacks magnitude because these highschoolers are unrealistic.
over 6 years
didn't do it for me. very odd film
Often confusing, but a great twist on the classic noir formula nonetheless.
DVD disc returned on 4/16/2012 (netflix)
over 7 years
A really good, really unique neo-noir film for the modern day. JGL is phenomenal in it.
over 7 years
A thrilling teen neo noir. A snappy screenplay and a great performance from Levitt.
Brick is a 2005 American neo-noir film written and directed by Rian Johnson. It was Johnson's directorial debut and won the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Brick was distributed by Focus Features, opening in the United States on April 7, 2006, in New York and Los Angeles.
The film's narrative centers on a hardboiled detective story that takes place in a Californian suburbia. Most of the main characters are high school students. The film draws heavily in plot, characterization, and dialogue from hardboiled classics, especially from Dashiell Hammett. The title refers to a block of heroin, compressed roughly to the size and shape of a brick.
Brendan Frye (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a student of an unnamed California high school, stares silently at the body of ex-girlfriend Emily Kostich (Emilie de Ravin) lying in a storm drain. Days earlier Brendan, who is in the know of the intricacies of the "upper crust" of drug-addicted socialites he is...