Flash Movie Review: Brick Mansions

It seems to me we are still an appearance motivated society. With the recent controversies concerning digitally altered photographs and racial comments in the media, one has to wonder where this obsession on a person’s looks came into our thought process. Did you know even in the most innocent of places, people will react to someone else’s looks? I saw it happen in one of my yoga classes. A large man wearing a bandanna tied around the top of his head walked into my classroom. His body bore a couple of tattoos and he had a small metal chain around his neck. The members became quiet as they tried to discreetly keep their eyes on him as he moved to a corner of the room. He did not seem to notice he was the center of everyone’s attention. It did cross my mind for a moment that maybe he was in the wrong room; however, he walked over to the pile of yoga mats and grabbed one before settling down into his spot. The windup to this story was he not only was a yoga enthusiast, he would become one of my biggest advocates. I always found it amusing when we were in the locker room and he was saying something complimentary about the class; the men within earshot would turn and take a look at him. Here was an imposing looking man who you could easily see riding off on a big ole motorcycle, dressed in leather, talking about yoga. It just goes to show you there is always something more behind the surface and this action drama would be the proof. Paul Walker (Fast & Furious franchise, Hours) played Detroit undercover policeman Damien Collier. When an advanced weapon was stolen and transported to the worst part of town, Damien would have to rely on convicted cop killer Lino, played by David Belle (The Family, District B13), to get him into the area and disarm the device. This crime picture was a remake of the French film District B13 that starred the same David Belle who was reprising his role here. I appreciated that Paul Walker’s character was not made to be an equal to Lino’s fighting skills because his were based on the Parkour training discipline. The story was attention getting, but I enjoyed the original movie more. The editing and directing were too choppy for me in this one; it felt as if I was jumping from scene to scene without getting any time to see the actors develop their characters. On the surface this looked like an exciting film but in reality there was nothing special going on here.


2 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on April 30, 2014, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. aguywithoutboxers

    Nice assessment! 🙂 Thanks!

  2. Definitely going to be one of the money making films considering Walkers passing

  3. It’s too bad it’s lukewarm, being the 2nd to last of Walker’s films, according to a list I’m looking at. Seems like his dramatic legacy ends with Hours, which was just a Katrina rehash, which I saw but chose not to review.

  4. Hello I wacht the movie today I really enjoy it. Full of actions, I never move out my eyes from the movie. I hope another people like it as well… See

    • I am glad you enjoyed this film. By chance did you see the original? If so, I would enjoy hearing your take on it compared to this one. Thanks for coming by and leaving your comments.

      • So thanks,
        You said “the original” I DON4T UNDERSTAND? Did the movie was remake???? Should I got the date of the original movie????? Thanks

      • The original was a French film called District B13 and David Belle played the same role he did in this film. Thanks for the comments and if you see the original I would enjoy hearing your take on it.

  5. A.PROMPTreply

    Hello. I am most interested in your take on this movie. I wonder can you advise me further? My son (14) is interested in seeing this movie. We are generally careful about what he views, but he really seems to have big interest in this movie for whatever reason. Can you advise if you think it is appropriate for someone of this age and specifically why?

    • A.PROMPTreply

      P.S. Wanted to thank you for the “like” on my own blog but more importantly for bringing your blog to my attention through that Like…..is good to have a go-to for movie reviews!

    • The younger me says no to having your son see this film. From what I hear most tweens/teens have experienced violence and sexual situations from video games and such. There may be a couple of scenes that may not be appropriate for 14 year olds. If it helps, there were a few kids around that age in the theater when I saw the movie. Thanks for stopping by.
      ps. Maybe District B13, the original French film may be better to view.

      • A.PROMPTreply

        Thank you for this…..this was my opinion as well, but is nice to have someone backing me up on it!……really appreciate the “consolation prize” recommendation too…….

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