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  • Summary: 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 (PaulIn 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 reluctantly accepts the help of the fearless ex-convict, and together they must stop a sinister plot to devastate the entire city. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 28
  2. Negative: 11 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Apr 25, 2014
    75
    See it for Belle. See it for the parkour. And for the wonderfully magical spectacle of a man flying.
  2. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Apr 24, 2014
    67
    It’s a beat-for-beat remake of a movie whose plot was never meant to do anything except get characters to jump from rooftops, made by a less confident director (Camille Delamarre, one of the studio’s go-to editors) and set in a culture Besson has never been able to grasp. It’s also a silly pile-up of exaggerated action clichés—and much of the time, it’s pretty fun.
  3. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Apr 24, 2014
    60
    Brawny, dumb and preposterous, it nonetheless comes tantalizingly close to being a high-impact allegory of race, class and real estate in a postindustrial, new-Gilded Age America.
  4. Reviewed by: Jamie Neish
    May 3, 2014
    40
    It's essentially a collection of shoddily edited action sequences, underpinned by a monotonous narrative that has no purpose, let alone moral heart to reward viewers' waning attention.
  5. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Apr 24, 2014
    38
    Brick Mansions is a non-starter: It chokes on its déjà vu, the hyperactive Mixmaster editing is exhausting and the characters’ banter is so leaden it might violate federal emission standards.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Apr 30, 2014
    37
    Visually, Brick Mansions is a duller and more conventional film than “District B13,“ which was, if nothing else, a sourball-flavored form of eye candy.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 24, 2014
    20
    The film is put together too choppily to appreciate the bounce-off-walls athleticism of parkour. That’s a shame, since “District 13” star Belle is known as a founder of the sport.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 25
  2. Negative: 7 out of 25
  1. May 17, 2014
    10
    "What a loss. But it's good to see Paul Walker back in action. The trancheur French-parkour, David Belle's action was still hardcore than"What a loss. But it's good to see Paul Walker back in action. The trancheur French-parkour, David Belle's action was still hardcore than District 13. RZA was just another good looking villain trying to changed the roles to good-guys. The minor villain such as K2 was really a bad idea for Luc Besson. Hope there is a sequel coming up..." Expand
  2. Apr 29, 2014
    9
    A great fantastic action-parkour movies featuring Belle new action stunt. Many have disappointed over Walkers death but, he still got hisA great fantastic action-parkour movies featuring Belle new action stunt. Many have disappointed over Walkers death but, he still got his action on Brick Mansions. Still, some kick-backing action was still cooler and awesome! Expand
  3. Oct 17, 2014
    6
    Exciting pakour and fun action are present, but the real appeal for many here is going to be Paul Walker (R.I.P.). Unfortunately he seemsExciting pakour and fun action are present, but the real appeal for many here is going to be Paul Walker (R.I.P.). Unfortunately he seems wasted in this film. It's the very definition of a dumb American remake, that will probably leave even the most forgiving Walker fan disappointed with one of his final projects.

    It's even more disappointing if you've watched the excellent source material, District B13. Our leads (Belle and Walker) give phoned in performances. It's as if they weren't trying because they knew how terrible their dialog was and how much dumber the twists to the story are. It's cool seeing the changes they added to certain scenes from the original, but the changes to the plot drag it down. Some of them make literally no sense, some depth is lost, and it all just feels rushed thanks to missing context. They really botched it in this department.

    However the action mostly delivers. Like I said the parkour is exciting, and easily the best part. The fights are fun and take on a more brutal feel than the original's. They both easily make the film at least watchable, if not entertaining.

    It's a very disappointing movie. It makes bad changes to the original movie, fails to take advantage of it's great leads, and is nowhere near as exciting as those trailers made it look. That being said there is some fun to be had here. It'll be worth a rental for the more forgiving action movie fans, or just those who want to see Paul Walker again. Just don't expect it to live up to District B13, or deliver with it's at times idiotic plot. Come for the parkour and for Walker, and you should at least be entertained. I know I was despite my overall disappointment. My total score is a 6.2/10.
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  4. Apr 28, 2014
    5
    It's really sad that Brick Mansions is Paul Walker's final movie and since he meant everything so much whether it's fast cars, beautifulIt's really sad that Brick Mansions is Paul Walker's final movie and since he meant everything so much whether it's fast cars, beautiful women, or the exotic models in or outside of the Fast and Furious series, he made a smile out of everyone to come out and support his loyal fans what a charistmatic and entertaining star he is and now he's in heaven right now. R.I.P. Paul Walker. I felt that Brick Mansions feels too short of a remake of the cult classic "District B13 (Banlieue 13 in French)." The good news is that Paul and David Belle did some incredible moves and backflips and it was awesome. The bad news is that director Camille Delamarre and producer Luc Besson of La Femme Nikita fame has really made the film look difficult and sometimes it's hard to understand why you want to remake a 10-year-old French classic. But the script feels weak, I don't know about RZA's performance. It's a so-so but blatant effort and Besson, however, has too much pressure on what's his next goal and hopefully he could fail another movie. Even though it's hard to put Paul Walker on that role, but I think Brick Mansions is a "thanks, but no thanks" good but betrayed movie of the year. Expand
  5. Jul 11, 2014
    4
    I was alone in the movie theater, 200 seats. The problem with this movie is that it´s basically a rip off of the great original banlieue 13I was alone in the movie theater, 200 seats. The problem with this movie is that it´s basically a rip off of the great original banlieue 13 movie, i didn´t except it to be that close to that original, a lot of scenes are 1on1. The banlieue movies are one of my favorites, so brick mansions felt more like a bad deja-vu than an interesting new interpretation. Banlieue 13 has way more style and more important, with raffaelli, belle had an equal skilled partner; cause Walker as a fighter is just **** he looks better behind the wheel- or not. Without the comparison to the original movie, i would´ve rated it higher because it´s a nice little, diverting movie Expand
  6. May 1, 2014
    3
    The film's opening sequence features French Parkour star David Belle's athletic acrobatics as he outruns and outsmarts dozens of bad guys…andThe film's opening sequence features French Parkour star David Belle's athletic acrobatics as he outruns and outsmarts dozens of bad guys…and it's downhill from there. He teams up with Paul Walker as a renegade cop (is there any other kind?) to bring down the gangstas. The plot is so ludicrous that it's not worth outlining, but suffice it to say that it's an extremely dumb framework for an onslaught of mostly mediocre fights and frantic chases. The action is usually shot too blurry and edited to frenetically to appreciate the effort. Hopefully, the next "Fast & Furious" will be a better film, because this would be an embarrassing sendoff for Walker. Expand
  7. Sep 28, 2014
    0
    This movie is NOT good! It is a VERY poor rip off of the original Banlieue 13. That was a good movie, good story, with much better acting. TheThis movie is NOT good! It is a VERY poor rip off of the original Banlieue 13. That was a good movie, good story, with much better acting. The disturbing thing about this movie is much of it follows the exact same play line, fights, car chases, kidnap the hot chick its all the same. The entire 1st seen is practically exactly the same as the one they ripped off. Even the main man Not the cop Paul Walker, the other guy who is much better all round, he is the SAME guy.

    Rubbish, bin it!
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