DVD Review: Brick Mansions
Paul Walker’s last film, sent in the not too distant future, see’s a dystopian Detroit, having walled off the Brick Mansions as a kind of no mans land where crime rules and is controlled by one man. It’s not a new setting for a film, but it’s a handy one. Of course, this blot on the landscape of Detroit is now in the way of a major new upper class development, and so it has to be gotten rid of.
Ah yes, the same old story. But not to fear, because the story begins with the awesome talents of parkour specialist David Belle, who makes a quick escape from his apartment after destroying a drug kingpins stash, in a style reminiscent of Rush Hour’s Jackie Chan. And it gets better, because eventually Belle gets teamed up with Walker in a kind of Cop Buddie tale, where two unlikely people, end up working together to bring about change.
Ok, yeah, so very, very formulaic on the storyline and not too much originality or many real surprises. But what Brick Mansions does have is some great chemistry between it’s two stars, and some incredible action set pieces.
It’s pure visual popcorn without the obvious CGI overload of most Hollywood films. It’s also refreshing to see Walker back in action, although it’s a bittersweet treat as we know it’s his last full film.