Movie Title: Brick
Date Released: January 2005 – Sundance Film Festival
Date Seen: September 24th, 2012
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
This is a smart noir film – it takes the classic noir characters and puts them into a high school drug dealing setting. It’s brilliantly done – but I don’t like the movie. I don’t like the movie for a simple reason…. the fact that they’re in high school. I was always simply thinking to myself, “WHERE ARE THE PARENTS/TEACHERS?!” I think it’s because of my education background (one of my bachelors degrees is in education). So, anyway, I think this movie is great and well done, but not for me. The parents/teachers are like the cops in a normal noir film, and each character has their own persona typical of a noir film. Some are blatantly obvious – Laura for example, you can 100% see her in any noir film. Especially with her strange outfits.
Also, maybe watch the trailer before you see the movie…. just because I didn’t realize it was about drugs. Not saying that it’s a bad thing – I was just super confused for a while. It’s my own fault. There is a lot of slang in the movie, for drugs, drug terms, and just strange slang, but once you get the hang of it it’s alright. I guess, actually, they’re quite obvious terms – but I’m naive and thus, was super confused the majority of the movie.
Go watch the movie if you like noir films and can get over the simple parent/teacher thing that bothered me. I know I’m weird.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Review/Synopsis
I started to try and write a synopsis, but I kind of fail at it. Why? Because I didn’t realize a good way through (pretty much until it’s blatantly obvious) that all these people Brendan was meeting were drug dealers. Ha. I’m stupid. And no, I had not seen a trailer/read a plot summary before I’d seen it, so give me a slight break…. but yes, I’m naive and stupid. Ah well. There’s a good synopsis on imdb.com if you want it though – here’s the link.
I still think it’s a good movie, even though I didn’t enjoy it. The concept is brilliant and it is a must see for fans of noir films and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, because he’s always fun to look at. The movie would be rated higher, if it were slightly less confusing. The end needed a bit more explanation and just felt super rushed that I had to go read the synopsis to be sure of what really happened at the end. So many conspiracies and double crossings going on all at once that I just got mixed up.