“When a secret crush turns up dead and the murderer is anyone’s guess, teenage loner Brendan Fry (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is forced to navigate his school’s social network through intense interactions with thespians, band geeks and druggies (including a grown-up Lukas Haas). This unconventional film noir marked a promising debut for writer-director Rian Johnson, picking up a Special Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.”
Brick was one of my top 10 films from 2006. There are several things I really enjoyed about it:
- The story shouldn’t have worked but it does. If the above synopsis makes you think “uggghhh” don’t let it, this is a true crime drama that just happens to be set in high school.
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt is superb. He turns in an extremely raw performance that is pitch perfect and really grounds the subject matter.
- This is a true indy film (labor of love) that writer/director Rian Johnson spent 7 year to get made.
- Several funny off-beat moments.
Bottom Line: If you find yourself complaining that fresh, original movies are not made anymore you really need to see this.
Rated R available on: DVD and Netflix Watch Instantly.