Ahhh! Finally! I was able to snatch up “Brick” this weekend as a rental, and *shiver* I loved it.
Add some film noir reminescent of Humphrey Bogart and “The Maltese Falcon”, stirred and shaken with a little bit of David Lynch flavor, and served over a hot bed of teenage wasteland ala’ John Hughes-on-crack and you’ve got “Brick”-the most sensational indie film this year, no doubt.
The main character “Brendan,” played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is on the sleuth searching for his ex-girlfriend’s killer, and only by infiltrating the inner circle of drugs and deception that lurks beneath the surface of his surburban high school, will he able to get close enough to uncover the killer.
All of the main characters in this film are teenagers (I can only think of three minor adult roles) and they all act and react within the storyline as adults would while still maintaining a teenaged demeanor and facade. The story itself becomes more and more complicated as the mystery begins to unravel, drawing us into the underbelly of this high school society.
This film is fab, the only issue I did have in the beginning was catching on to the hard core slang and codes that everyone uses. I could see how this might be off putting to a viewer and detract from the film. Simutaneously though, it does help to draw you into that world, and once surrendering to what is almost a different language, you will find that you begin to understand it more as you follow along with each character and the development of the story.
Again, “Brick” is available as a rental now, and if you haven’t seen it in the theatre, it is totally worth a rent!
We also selected “Severed” as a rental this weekend. Baaaaad idea. Basically a zombie movie revolving around a forestry company working on genetic experiementation on trees in order to increase quick regrowth, problems start when a logger accidently nails himself with his chainsaw after hitting a spike when he’s cutting a tree. The infected sap zombifies him, and soon it’s all out chaos.
This movie sucked, plain and simple. Very reminscent of ’80’s horror, it had none of the panache, and so was little more than a bloodbath and bad acting. The ending was horrible, and concluded nothing-just left the viewer feeling unsatisfied on all counts.
There are definately better rentals out there-“Severed” is a dud.