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Posted by: Wifey Posted on: Sat, May 09, 2015, 04:11 PM

Just watched this on The Movie Network and didn't know it was a remake until I researched it. I'm a big fan of the the original movies and was glad to see David reprise his role. I think the movie did really well and I've seen a few negative comment about it being not as good as the original and that the dubbing for the David was bad.

Posted by: Montgomery Burns 13 Posted on: Wed, Jul 16, 2014, 11:12 AM

Brick Mansions Blu-ray
Posted July 14, 2014 06:42 PM by Webmaster
20th Century FoxTwentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release on Blu-ray Camille Delamarre's action drama Brick Mansions (2014), starring the late Paul Walker, Robert Maillet, RZA, David Belle, and Carlo Rota. The release will be available for purchase on September 9th.

Based on a script by Luc Besson (Léon: The Professional, The Big Blue) and Bibi Naceri (District B13). In a dystopian Detroit, abandoned brick mansions left from better times now house only the most dangerous criminals. Unable to control the crime, the police constructed a colossal containment wall around this area to protect the rest of the city. For undercover cop Damien Collier (Paul Walker) every day is a battle against corruption. For Lino (David Belle), every day is a fight to live an honest life. Their paths never should have crossed, but when drug kingpin, Tremaine (RZA) kidnaps Lino's girlfriend, Damien reluctantly accepts the help of the fearless ex-convict, and together they must stop a sinister plot to devastate the entire city. With stylized action featuring thrilling Parkour stunts (David Belle is the co-founder of this physical training discipline). Brick Mansions puts an entertaining twist on the action genre.

Note: Brick Mansions is an English-language remake of director Pierre Morel's District B13, which is available on Blu-ray courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. You can see our listing and review of this release here.

Special Features:

    Theatrical Version and Unrated Cut of the Film
    Original Theatrical Trailer
    On Set Action with Paul Walker
    Becoming Tremaine
    Brick By Brick

Posted by: Montgomery Burns 13 Posted on: Wed, Apr 30, 2014, 09:27 AM

Brick ​Mansions Is A Bad Copy Of A Great Action Flick

by Rob Bricken

As Paul Walker's final finished film before his untimely death last year in a car crash, it would be nice to say that Brick Mansions is a fitting epitaph to his film career. It would be nice, but it wouldn't be true.

As a remake of the Luc Besson-written and -produced 2004 action flick District B13 — which introduced the world to the astoundingly agile parkour founder David Belle — Brick Mansions is as ploddingly clumsy as basically every other human seems when compared to Belle.

The problem is not that the movie's plot makes no sense, because it copies the original movie's ridiculous story pretty much verbatim, with Paul Walker standing as for the undercover cop, Wu-Tang Clan's RZA as the drug-dealing kingpin, Detroit as Paris, and Belle as essentially the same drug-destroying slum vigilante he played originally. The problem is that Brick Mansions inexplicably slows down to focus on that story instead of filling the screen with relentless action and Belle's superhuman stunts.

The plot is absurd, even for the Escape from New York let's-wall-off-the-slums genre, as Walker is sent into the "Brick Mansions" ghetto with Belle's drug-destroying vigilante to defuse an experimental neutron bomb which was "lost" in a scheme so convolutedly stupid that it boggles the mind. Additionally, Raekwon's gangster killed Paul Walker's cop dad and stole Belle's ex-girlfriend in retaliation for Belle destroying 20 kilos of his heroin, so they have that to deal with, too.

Again, that's more or less the same story of the original movie, but where the original movie let Belle literally run wild, distracting everyone from the silliness of the plot, Brick Mansions instead brings the story to the forefront, or focuses on the characters, who it turns out are not that compelling when they're not leaping off rooftops or beating the hell out of each other. In fact, other than an excellent opening sequence where Belle gets to show off his immense skills as he runs from Raekwon's goons, the rest of Brick Mansions' action sequences are depressingly mundane.

To be fair, Walker, while in excellent shape, doesn't come close to the athleticism of his co-star, so other than a few select stunts, Walker's action scenes are mostly limited to punching, shooting, and, most unfortunately, a few crash-filled car chases. But Belle made District B13 a cult action-hit, and he's the reason why the movie was successful enough to warrant this American remake. It's also why he's playing the same role. Paul Walker is obviously the star here, but metaphorically hamstringing Belle isn't doing anyone any favors, particularly the audience.

And thus Brick Mansions ends up being an inferior remake of a really great action film. My advice: Go watch District B13, and hope Fast and the Furious 7 gives Paul Walker a better epitaph.

Posted by: Wilde Posted on: Sat, Apr 26, 2014, 03:58 PM

must see movie of 2014 <3

Posted by: Montgomery Burns 13 Posted on: Sat, Apr 26, 2014, 09:21 AM

Now that the movie hit the theaters, the first reviews are pouring in:

Review: Walker’s last film features parkour stunts
by Emily Wintringham
April 24, 2014 |

Crime and fear fester inside a development in Detroit known as “Brick Mansions.”
Unable to control the violence, police isolate this once-flourishing community by installing a wall and heavy security around it. Damien Collier (the late Paul Walker) has one true ambition: to avenge his father’s death by the hands of druglord and tyrant Termaine (RZA). Joined by ex-convict Lino (David Belle), he takes on an extraordinary mission to save the city from desolation. To do so, he and Lino must work to overcome their differences and learn to synchronize.

I have to say, for a movie that encompasses mostly action scenes, the plot sufficed.
Each character strongly features his expertise. Paul Walker is the champion of physical combat, and David Belle, co-founder of parkour, is the maestro of said discipline.

Belle made his practice legendary in his native France, in the films “District B13,” and its sequel, “District 13.”
Besides the somewhat conventional storyline, there are those few moments of bad-assery that had my mouth agape. Of course, like any action movie, viewers must learn to overlook the lunacy and illogical tricks that Damien and Lino are able to pull off. With this movie, you have to come in with a predisposed mindset: Once the “that’s impossible” viewpoint is abandoned, doubt should be replaced with high expectations.
One thing I appreciate about the character development in “Mansions” was that with a few exceptions, everyone held true to his disposition. On top of that, it was a relief to encounter a villain with a dual side: homely and inhibited. Tremaine is shot chopping peppers in multiple scenes, giving him an eerie yet vulnerable aura.

I have mixed feelings about the filming technique, however. With the camera seeming to shoot at interesting angles, everything looks raw. Director Camille Delamarre did a decent job of displaying tension and energy by keeping things moving quickly. I think I would have liked to see the parkour stunts in a more real-time effect, however. All of the parkour sequences looked choppy. To me, it looked like the camera man was hopping around with Damien and Lino. The choppiness, however, could be determined as authentic action. Though it makes the eyes strain a little bit, it helps to create a robust experience.

As far as plot goes, let’s just say they got the story about right, along with its customary twists, turns and surprises. With the film running just under an hour and a half, it miraculously jam-packs everything one would expect from an action movie: high-speed car chases, hand-to-hand combat, gun fights, and of course, its thematic parkour stunts.

There has been a lot of hype about the parkour aspect of this film. From an action movie with such expectations, I suspected an even more flimsy plot and an overflow of parkour. There were breathtaking stunts, but they seemed condensed into a few sporadic scenes. However, what was done was spectacular.

I shed a tear when the film honored Paul Walker’s life at the end (the “Fast and Furious” franchise star died in a vehicle accident in November). “Brick Mansions” was his last completed movie. According to his Brazilian jiu-jitsu insttructor, Franjinha, the actor was looking to showcase his martial arts experience. He was constantly taking himself to new heights, and he did so by training in the art of parkour.
This movie was not a disappointment. It is one of the few lower-budget films worth viewing.
“Brick Mansions” opens in theaters everywhere today.

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