Brick Mansions – 3 out of 5
I wanted to start this review talking a little bit about Paul Walker. I’m not going to blow smoke and say I was a huge fan of the man. I wasn’t. He wasn’t a phenomenal actor but he was a part of a franchise that is a big guilty pleasure of mine; The Fast and the Furious. He was a pretty boy who was passable at best with most of his performances. However, it was a tragedy when he passed. Aside from being a normal part of existing, death is still a tragedy and the guy was young and had so many more Fast and Furious films for me to have fun with. Sure, some people don’t like those films and didn’t like his acting but celebrating his death would just be weird and the antics of an asshole in every sense of the word. As the F&F franchise grew, Walker started to grow on me and I saw him becoming more than a pretty boy dude and see he was starting to head somewhere with his acting skills. Sadly, fate had other plans and we can’t see where he could have gone to. So, now that I started this review on a bummer note, let’s get to the synopsis.
|The title of the film is behind the Mayor...clearly that's|
an Easter Egg.
|Did the police force pay for Collier to take parkour lessons?|
|That fireball took a very specific route...and I'm sure|
his ankles will be fine when he lands.
|I'm pretty sure that wall is real in Detroit.|
|Walker, seen here doing his impression of his favorite|
scene from Terminator 2.
|So...does doing parkour mean you just leap and pray for the best?|
The only real complaint I have (HA! I fooled you, I made the last paragraph sound like there were numerous bad things but there was only one thing I didn’t like) is the fact I have a very hard time taking RZA seriously as an actor. He’s not the most convincing and most of his delivery is as sleepy as his appearance.
|RZA looks like he's never slept a day in his life.|
|Wait...Lino's girlfriend knows parkour-fu? Did she really need saving?|
|I can't hate on him completely because that golden gun is pretty cool.|
|I'm not so sure we needed to see a shirtless Kurgan.|
|And the movie ends happily ever after...with Lino teaching kids to parkour.|