Thursday, April 30, 2009


I apologize for the break, life's travels have conspired to cut down on my movie viewing time as I've been out of town here and there.

Brick has been on my list of movies to see ever since I saw some of it on HBO, I shut it off, realizing too much had happened for me to make sense of anything and shelved it away.

I like this movie, its very complicated and the characters speak in soft undertones, which results in some lines being virtually indistinguishable. Its also rather complicated, I'm still not 100% sure what happened, but I got the gist of it.

The dialog was clever, and moved along at a pace that rivalled Pulp Fiction. However, I do not know of many high school aged kids that spoke as intelligently, and deeply as these characters. Then again, I'm not sure this film was supposed to be an accurate portrayal of high school. Instead, it was just an applicable setting for the plot. Hell, maybe things are that different down in California.

The deep, sinister underworld this film portrayed was interesting. The performances were strong. The characters seemed too intelligent but were human. The Pin wasn't pure evil, his enemy was your natural high school aged boy who got his way though violence and little else. The "upper crest" girl, the conflicted, real manipulator, was fascinating and well acted.

The performance of the main character, Brenden, was outstanding, compartmentalizing the pain and angst and letting his reasoning and intelligence consistently take over, even when you wanted to wager on which scene he'd finally collapse due to blood loss.

Good movie. A must see. Cheap, but very well put together. Natural camera work and tricks for the special effects.