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Brick, 2005

Brick
Directed by: Rian Johnson
Written by: Rian Johnson
Language:  English
Country:  USA
Runtime:  110 min
MPAA Rating:  R
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The mood of Brick is suspenseful, clever, and tense. The plot centers around amateur detectives, high school life, and a whodunit. It is an independent, mystery, and thriller movie. Stylistically, Brick is neo-noir and involves twists and turns. In approach, it is serious and realistic. It takes place, at least partly, at a high school. Brick is set in California. It happens in contemporary times. The movie is known for being a Sundance Festival winner and critically acclaimed. Note that Brick includes drugs/alcohol and violent content.

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Brick (2005)
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A detective story set around a contemporary California high school, BRICK dares to combine the teen... more

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Language: English
Country: USA
Release date: 10 August 2006
Runtime: 110 min

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Joseph Gordon-Levitt As Brendan
Lukas Haas Lukas Haas As The Pin
Nora Zehetner Nora Zehetner As Laura
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Los Angeles Times
Johnson has taken a well-worn, much-revised genre, adapted to what's become a clichéd setting and transcended both in the process.
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Johnson also grabs hold of a fundamental truth and seduces us with it: The schoolyard can be the noirest burg of all.
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we couldn't finish it.... we tried really hard but ended up having to turn it off half way through.
15.November.2013 |  by: jamie
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Brick
This is a film that has great ideas, but unfortunately does not deliver.
13.August.2011 |  by: Evan
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Evan rated this title
Brick is, in all honesty, a well made movie. The cinematography is icy cool and paints the world in desaturated open-shade blue; the acting is competent, especially from Joseph Gordon-Levitt who is steadily becoming one of my favorite actors, and...
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25.February.2011 |  by: Andrew
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Andrew rated this title
Style's Duck Soup
Visually orgasmic and drenched in stylization, Rian Johnson's Brick is, quite simply, a cool movie. Don't let the high school setting of this neo-noir put you off; it is devoid of drama and fluffy romance (noir to the core). The movie is very...
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15.February.2011 |  by: Alli
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Alli rated this title
I looked forward to seeing this movie based on many positive reviews I'd heard and read. I have to say I wasn't too impressed. I don't find high school students speaking 1950s cop-movie lingo believable. I teach middle and high school and don't hear...
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13.July.2010 |  by: Devon
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Devon rated this title
This movie could well have been written and directed by its high school subjects. A complete waste of time, this amateurish Dragnet effort had just enough promise to hold off my constant desire to press eject and seal it back in the envelope....
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06.January.2010 |  by: robquail
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robquail rated this title
Remember Bugsy Malone? The 1976 Prohibition Gangster Musical with Scott Baio and Jodie Foster? For some reason, I kept thinking of that movie while watching Brick, since each are crime genre films that take place in some type of alternative teenage...
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28.October.2009 |  by: gma
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gma rated this title
I haven't seen a movie quite like this before - there are so many places to compare it, and none fit completely. Pieces of Lynch and Crowe, mashed up with a liberal hunk of a teenage Sam Spade - these elements combine to make a modern masterpiece I...
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16.October.2009 |  by: endcycle
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endcycle rated this title
I looked forward to seeing this movie based on many positive reviews I'd heard and read. I have to say I wasn't too impressed. I don't find high school students speaking 1950s cop-movie lingo believable. I teach middle and high school and don't hear...
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07.July.2009 |  by: funyet
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funyet rated this title
Way better than I'd expected - almost 5 stars. Joseph G-L can't seem to be in a bad movie. Memento like mysteriousness kept me rapt. I really like the unraveling of so many layers.
11.April.2009 |  by: ScottyT
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ScottyT rated this title
Usually it takes me a good half-hour to fall asleep while watching a bad movie. I made an exception for this one and was out in ten minutes.
21.March.2009 |  by: honestappraisal
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A movie that tries to be a little bit of everything...and almost is. A bit noir, a bit high school, a bit thriller, a bit action, a bit straight-forward drama, a bit grit. And they all work quite well together. Many people have called this a...
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20.March.2009 |  by: sethdellinger
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A film Hollywood would never bother to make. A cool cast with a great, colorful script make for a riviting film. Takes its time getting there, but the journey is the best part.
20.March.2009 |  by: rogertick
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rogertick rated this title
Bravo to Mitch Schvab for enduring 45 minutes of this pretentious clap-trap! After 25 minutes it had almost completely drained my will to live. This movie was bizarre, the characters annoying and the dialog pathetic. I've known skunks that stank...
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19.March.2009 |  by: Tygger2512
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Brick
Smart dialogue and an interesting story told well. Great visual style.
13.March.2009 |  by: Liam
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my new favorite movie
low budget or not, i think this movie was fantastically done. Joseph Gordon Levitt delivers a great performance. I love that its a film noir set in a modern day high school. I had to watch it a second time through to really grasp the interactions...
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07.December.2008 |  by: kblackman
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