REVIEW ROUND-UP: Action-Thriller BRICK MANSIONS Starring the Late Paul Walker
Directed by Camille Delamarre, the action-packed film 'Brick Mansions' was released today, April 25th. The film is a remake of the 2004 French film 'District 13', and features Paul Walker in one of his final cinematic roles prior to his devasting death on November 30th, 2013. The thriller also stars David Belle and RZA.
Set in dystopian Detroit, the plot follows undercover cop Damian (Walker), who is one of many police officers in the city struggling to keep crime in the disjuntled city under control. When a drug kingpin kidnaps reformed convict Lino's (Belle) girlfriend, Damian agrees to help rescue her, though he is actually looking to avenge his father's death.
Let's see what the critics had to say!
Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post: If you've seen the earlier cult hit and enjoyed its propulsive physicality - featuring stunts inspired by the French-born discipline of parkour, a fluid mix of acrobatics and dance, also known as freerunning - this watered-down American version, while similar in many respects, may be a huge disappointment.
Gary Goldstein, L.A. Times: "Brick Mansions," Paul Walker's penultimate film (prior to "Fast & Furious 7"), is a dumb and ugly action picture that works strictly as a reminder of the late actor's head-turning good looks and modest charisma.
Justin Chang, Variety: Ten years on, this second stab at the same material from Luc Besson's EuropaCorp generates nearly as much propulsive excitement as its predecessor, and considering how few saw "District B13" Stateside (where it grossed only $1.2 million theatrically), there's clearly a sizable American audience ready to thrill to all those glass-smashing, stairwell-hopping stunts.