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A tough-talking teen attempts to uncover his ex-girlfriend's killer in director Rian Johnson's hard-boiled high-school noir, told in the style of a Dashiell Hammett mystery. An outsider by nature, Brendan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is forced to penetrate the elaborate ranks of the high-school social scene and its more insidious underbelly when the body of his former girlfriend Emily is found lying lifeless in a remote creek. Though the pair had been on the outs, Brendan can't seem to shake the hysterical phone call that he received from Emily the day before her body was discovered, a call in which she rattled off a number of cryptic words: "brick," "pin," "tug," "poor Frisco." He's determined to find the guilty party, and to do that he'll need to uncover the meaning behind her enigmatic phone call. From the highest-ranking athlete to the lowest-level burnout, no one is above suspicion of leaving her in that creek or putting her in the position to end up there. Brendan's skill for getting the right attention from the right people leads him to a local drug dealer of urban-legendary status (Lukas Haas), who walks with a cane and lives with his mother. As Brendan infiltrates the social and political web more deeply, his theory solidifies and each player's role becomes clear, from the shifty-eyed pot slinger to an upper-crust innocent who may well be a femme fatale. Brendan may soon be ready to make his case, even if it's too late for him to get out.~Jason Buchanan
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This is an underrated movie that not enough people know about. It is a rare and unique find and captures the director's humble beginnings of a career. Now this guy is directing the upcoming Star Wars movie. He's come a long ways, and he deserves it.
Brick is a film noir mystery story set in a small-town high school The story follows Brendan, a smart loner who finds his beloved ex-girlfriend Emily dead at the entrance of a tunnel on the outskirts of town. This occurs shrotly after she sends him a puzzling phone call that mention cryptic things such as "brick", "tug", and "pin". Brendan decides to throw whatever he must into finding out who killed Emily. This leads him into the darkest pits of the local underworld, including the realm of The Pin, an enigmatic young local drug lord.
What makes Brick great is its faithful adherence to the noir style. Some of the dialogue has actually been borrowed from old noir films, and is integrated seemlessly into the film. The whole finished product is so hard-boiled that it might as well take place in the 30s and feature someone the likes of Humphrey Bogart himself.
This is a unique picture, and I really enjoy it. I recommend this to anyone who likes a good mystery, and as a brilliant nostalgic effort in regards to genre that has changed considerably in recent times.
Brick caught many by surprise with its engaging plot and outstanding performances by its bright, young cast. It was not as highly publicized as the other movies in 2006, which allowed it to sneak up on the majority of its audience and win them over. This sleeper hit should find its way into any true movie fans' collection.
This movie is amazingly well done. There are few movies that people leave thinking that they just saw truly unique camera work. When one does have it, it is unmistakable. The script is extremely unique. With phrases like, "Who do you eat with?" I would strongly recommend this movie.