Brick Mansions is the kind of movie that could easily get lost in the shuffle.  It’s an action movie in a season full of action movies.  It has the pedigree of the Transporter and Taken series, has a cast built to kick ass, and even the preview is packed to the gills with car chases, Superman punches, and explosions.  So what makes Brick Mansions– a French-American action flick- worthy of your attention this week?

It’s one of the last times you are going to get to see Paul Walker.  After his tragic death last November, his last few movies are more or less appointment viewing.  While not all of Walker’s movies would be considered instant classics, he was one of the most consistent actors working in Hollywood.  You knew exactly what you were going to get, and in a world of trailers going one way and the finished product going the other, a little consistency goes a long way.

What’s It About:

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, who looks to take down Tremaine to avenge his father’s death, reluctantly accepts the help of the fearless ex-convict, and together they must stop a sinister plot to devastate the entire city.

Should You See It:

Good guys vs. Bad Guys in a not-to-distant future Detroit has action movie written all over it.  We got a glimpse of it earlier this year in the RoboCop reboot.  Only this time, it’s not RoboCop saving the day… it’s car stealing, wheeling dealing, California to the core Paul Walker.  The bad guy?  The RZA from Wu-Tang Clan.  Let’s review:

An even worse and more desolate Detroit

– Crazy Violence

– Paul Walker is the good guy

– The RZA Is the bad guy

I’m sold.  Luc Besson, who produced all of The Transporter and Taken movies, is behind Brick Mansions.  If it is even half as fun as the lesser of these franchises, it’s going to be great.  It’s nearly summer- it’s time to have fun at the movies.  I’m sure we’ll be back to dealing with heavy issues and tear jerking drama in no time.  For now, let’s just remember our old friend Paul and watch him live a quarter-mile at a time.

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