90 Min | Action – Crime – Drama | May 2014
IMDB Rating: 6.3
Directors: Camille Delamarre
Starring: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA
Brick Mansions Review: ‘Brick Mansions’ will forever be rememberedas Paul Walker’s final completed film, the star best known for being one of the leads in the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise still mourned after losing his life in a single car accident late last year. But were it not for Walker’s death, it would most certainly be his French co-star David Belle’s show instead, for ‘Mansions’ is without a doubt his calling card to Hollywood by giving them a taste of a certain brand of action called parkour. For the uninitiated, parkour refers to a style of movement which utilises the body’s momentum and maximises objects in the surroundings to enable a person to get around obstacles in the most efficient way possible. Belle happens to be one of the eight founders of the discipline, which was given prominence in Luc Besson’s ‘District 13’ and its sequel ‘District 13 Ultimatum’ that Belle himself also starred in.
Yes, ‘Mansions’ is Besson’s English-language remake of his earlier ‘District 13’, with Belle returning to star as the unlikely partner of an undercover cop who wages war against a gang lord. And really, to expect more of ‘Brick Mansions’ would certainly be unfair, for it aspires to be nothing more than an adrenaline-pumping diversion meant to introduce the grace and fluidity of the sport of parkour to a wider audience. That we can say the movie accomplishes beautifully, as well as in making a star out of David Belle.
As for Walker, he does get behind the wheel for a couple of car chases, though some viewers will undoubtedly find that difficult to watch given the manner of his death. Still, Brick Mansions as befitting a movie as any to the memory of Walker, but perhaps even more so as solid an introduction as any for his co-star Belle, and in its setting as well as its stunts as distinctive as one can ask for in an urban-based action movie.