Netflix Review: Brick

I really wanted to like this movie.  I really did.  The reason is that I absolutely am in love with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  The man is just such an amazing actor that I literally get brain-wood every time I see he is in an upcoming movie.  Unfortunately, this time the movie he was in left me limp.

Brick is a neo-noir film set in high school about a massive drug dealing ring being perpetrated by said high schoolers.  I think this is where the film lost me.  I did not believe that high school students would be involved in the types of things that happen in this film.  I honestly believe that I would have liked this movie a lot more had it just been played by adults, in an adult world.

I find it hard to believe that a high schooler regularly brings in pounds and pounds of heroin that he is then able to sell to the high school population.  I find it hard to believe that he has high school muscle who has no problem with torture and murder.  I find it hard to believe that a high schooler would be so calm and collected as to form a coherent plan of attack while staring at his dead ex-girlfriend.  I just found this whole movie hard to believe.

So what is good about it?  Joseph Gordon-Levitt is gold, of course.  He is intelligent and a bad ass.  I just didn’t believe that a high school nobody would be able to pull off anything that he actually does.  Plus, it does have Nora Zehetner

and Meagan Good in it.

So it can’t be all bad.

Really, my complaint was that I never bought into the world of the movie.  I have known high schoolers in my life.  None of them act like this or could operate at the levels that many of the characters do in this movie.  If you can get past that, it is a pretty interesting narative, and a great who-done-it. Otherwise, I would steer clear.

Have you seen Brick?  Think I am a total idiot?  Let me know in the comments.

~Ryan Lynch

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