Brick

Brick

Brick

  In the beginning – as so often – death. And, as in countless other films, it is a young and very pretty woman who must die, and that sets the course of history in motion. Shortly after the school loner Brendan Frye (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has received a frantic call from his ex-girlfriend Emily (Emilie de Ravin), in which she chased him confused and asks for help, the young woman disappears and is murdered shortly thereafter found. Brendan makes with the help of his friend, The Brain (Matt O’Leary) to find the killer and gets into his high school in shady types, suddenly very interested in him and his research. The secret queen in high school Laura (Nora Zehetner) shows at once a more than noticeable interest in the outsider. But the more deeply immersed in Brendan’s secret connections and machinations within the high school, the more dangerous is the whole matter for him and are there for all parties hardly a way to come out clean from the matter that has caused death of Emily … (# )
A dead beauty, a private detective reluctantly, mysterious femmes fatales and wire-pullers such as the drug dealer Pin (Lukas Haas) – these are usually the ingredients for a film noir from the golden era of Hollywood in the forties and fifties. For several years already dealing with Hollywood directors repeatedly Black Series, and the success of LA Confidential proves that the public has great interest in the successful revival of film noir.

The young director Rian Johnson joins with Brick seamlessly into the tradition of illustrious predecessor, but with a relatively simple trick he knows how to infuse the rigid formulas and unwritten laws of the classic thriller new life that is not playing Brick in the milieu of a typical film noir, but at a high school in Southern California, or rather a haven of happy youth and first sexual experiences. Johnson, however, the high school turns into a swamp of corruption, violence and death.

If Rian Johnson mixture rises or not is, as so often in the eye of the beholder – at the prestigious Sundance festival was certainly a great public success Brick and at this year’s Fantasy Filmfest knew the work to convince. Technically and visually the film is brilliant despite a minimal budget and knows over long distances to convince, and even the young, largely unknown actors do a good job. The only real problem remains the question of whether the gear works of film noir and California high schools. Johnson proved in any case with his decision a lot of courage to take risks even though his attacks then go and when but also backwards. The uptake of the typical noir slang and the well-known prototypes of kids sometimes reduced to mere stencils and decals, which act in their cynicism rarely authentic. But the relentless stylization, which undermined the credibility of the figures is not only weak point of the film, but also one of the undoubted strengths: Rarely was the timeliness of film noir as a cultural blueprint for our times as conscious as when watching this film . Who can get involved with Johnson’s experiment is certainly well-entertained for two hours.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: Brick Country of production: USA Year of production: 2005 Length: 110 (Min) of material: (# ) Senator

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