Rian Johnson Makes an Impression with Joseph Gordon-Levitt
In sunny Southern California, love-spurned loner Joseph Gordon-Levitt
(as Brendan Frye) discovers his former girlfriend's dead body in a
watery tunnel. In flashback, Mr. Gordon-Levitt recalls a strung-out
Emilie de Ravin (as Emily Kostich) reaching out for help, explaining,
"I screwed up real bad." Unfortunately, the soon-to-be-dead blonde
speaks in riddles. So, Gordon-Levitt is left with word clues - like
"Brick", "Tug", "Frisco", and "Pin". Cross-legged genius Matt O'Leary
(as Brain) provides assistance; fortunately, he remembers everyone's
Realizing the authorities are clueless, Gordon-Levitt decides to carry
on his own investigation, beginning with doped-up rival Noah Segan (as
Dode). Gordon-Levitt infiltrates the drug ring managed by creepy
Tolkien reader Lukas Haas (as The Pin), after mixing with femme fatale
Nora Zehetner (as Laura) and bodyguard Noah Fleiss (as Tug). Alas, the
closer Gordon-Levitt gets to solving the mystery of his ex's death, the
more he gets smacked down.
"Brick" shimmers with potential. Most obviously, debuting
director/writer/editor Rian Johnson makes a great impression; there is
always something interesting happening on Mr. Johnson's screen. Steve
Yedlin's crisp photography, and Nathan Johnson's peaking music, are
great mood enhancers. Lead actor Gordon-Levitt continues to work
wonders with interesting, offbeat roles; and, importantly, shows he can
"carry" a film, with his singular characterization.
The story updates 1940s "film noir" quite effectively. The high school
setting may have been a mistake; other than the high-school grounded
Mr. O'Leary, the "Brick" cast seem more like post-high school
deadbeats. Gordon-Levitt visits his Assistant Vice Principal (Richard
Roundtree), but, nobody ever goes to class; and, there are no scenes in
the cafeteria or gym, either. The settings used, instead, are a real
treat. Paintings, posters, birds, vehicles, and water add stillness and
movement to backgrounds; but, the movie is never gimmickry or busy.
Perhaps the best inside joke (and a great visual to boot) was dressing
up Mr. Haas as Jonathan Frid from "Dark Shadows", with his
Inverness-styled cape, and cane; in silhouette, and behind a screen
door, Haas even looks like "Barnabas Collins". As a former "Dark
Shadows" star, Gordon-Levitt would have been familiar with the figure;
he played "David Collins" and "Daniel Collins" during the series' 1991
"Brick" is a film to watch with focus and concentration; if you can't
bring those, wait for the right frame of mind.
******** Brick (2005) Rian Johnson ~ Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nora
Zehetner, Lukas Haas, Noah Fleiss.
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Brick truly captures
I saw Brick shortly after its release at Sundance and again this
weekend and I was immediately captured by the witty dialog, gritty
style and the great performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and that of his
supporting cast, especially Nora Zehetner as Laura. I must say that
this is one of my favorite films of all time.
The plot revolves around Brendan, a troubled and desolate boy, who is
contacted by his addicted ex-girlfriend and asked for help. This is the
beginning of journey into the drug addict subculture of suburbia and a
quest for revenge and clarity about what happened to his ex.
I found this film a refreshing take on the detective genre, with a
fresh dialog reminiscent of noir. It also depicts desolation, loss and
addiction in a way that feels genuine. The main character is one of the
best anti-heroes of all time. He is flawed and somewhat broken, but
somehow incredibly strong. The interpretation of this role by Joseph
Gordon-Levitt shows, along with his role in Mysterious Skin that he is
one of the best young actors around..