DVD - 2006
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Brendon Frye is a loner, someone who always knows all the angles but has chosen to stay on the outside. When the girl he loves turns up dead, he is determined to find the 'who' and 'why'.


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Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Brendan Frye, a teenager who discovers the body of his ex-girlfriend face down in a storm drain. What follows is Brendan's quest to find out what happened, who killed Emily, and why. Influenced heavily by old hardboiled detective stories (think Dashiell Hammett), the cl... Read More »

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Dec 06, 2014
  • BloomFree rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I watched and didn't feel any sense of suspense or involvement with any of the characters. I couldn't get a strong sense from the story line that the key characters girlfriend meant so much to him that it was worth anything and everything - the chemistry between him and his ex wasn't there nor was the background which gave any sense of their history.

Jan 08, 2014
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This was recommended to me from a fellow BiblioCommons patron, and to 'you know who you are' -- thanks! It caught me way off-guard; really a unique neo-noir premise with high-school kids speaking in a '40s style, behaving *very* maturely for teenagers... A really clever concept from writer/director Rian Johnson.

Jan 04, 2014
  • johnnybookreader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Cool show, a whodunnit in the Dashiell Hamett vein with really snappy dialog, I may have to check-out this one again soon. Especially to try to iron out the convoluted conclusion which was kind of like indecipherable. Having said that, "Brick" is still well worth a look.

Jun 08, 2013
  • lasertravis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A hard boiled detective movie...set in high school. The story and dialogue could come straight out of a pulp novel or a classic film noir, but the setting is the present with primarily juveniles. You have to watch the movie to get what I am saying, but I thought it was very original and entertaining. There are strong perfomances all around. Cool flick.

Jan 01, 2013

I keep seeing "film noir' [included on the disc jacket as well] and the film has been recommended by various sources. A convoluted beginning led me not to care much for the characters as the story progressed. Glad somebody enjoyed it.

Jul 23, 2012
  • tauseef365 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Uneven. This film has its moments. There is a lot to the story that is behind the scenes, just like a classic noir, and the plot is intriguing, but the characters are overwrought and straight out of a pulp novel. Tug the thug, the drama queen and the kingpin are all ridiculous caricatures. This might have worked better as a sci-fi story on another planet where there really are no parents, not here where they are mostly invisible.

Jun 05, 2012
  • fauna rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Don't bother watching this if you are over 18.

Jan 18, 2012
  • spindlewit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A gorgeous movie. The soundtrack, acting, camera-work and dialogue are, in my opinion, perfect. I love the insular, atmospheric world created by the story, characters and language. Highly, highly recommended.

Jan 02, 2012
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Fairly entertaining. Some parts of the movie are very smart. A lot of drugs and teenage lingo make parts of the movie difficult to understand.

May 28, 2011
  • macabrescribe rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Brick is a very intriguing homage to the noir films of the 1940s and 50s. It was sort of slow-paced at times, but it picked up temporarily, only to go back down again shortly after. That is not exactly a critique of the movie's flow. It is very, instead, a good thing because many of the films Brick pays tribute to did the same thing back in their time. It was the style of the genre and the era. Basically, anyone who enjoys old noir films such as The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, or Touch of Evil would probably appreciate and understand Brick.

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Feb 28, 2012
  • Quintus rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Mar 05, 2012
  • Quintus rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Other: drug use


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Jan 08, 2014
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Brendan Frye (after sucker-punching Dode, to his crew): "Throw one at me if you want, hash head. I've got all five senses and I slept last night. That puts me six up on the lot of you."


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