Brick Mansions

Story: Set in a dystopian Detroit, an undercover narcotics cop teams up with an ex-con to infiltrate a ghetto to diffuse a bomb and bring down the most wanted drug baron. Review: Brick Mansions, a remake of French film District B13 (2004), is special, for it happens to be the late Paul Walker’s final finished role. Sadly, it turns out to be one of his most forgettable films for he sleepwalks through the hastily-made generic action caper. Walker, who plays an undercover cop ‘yet again’, is not the only actor to look uninterested, rapper RZA looks least menacing as a drug lord as well.

The film solely rests on the shoulders of French actor David Belle and his Parkour skills. You are bound to drool over the uncut opening sequence which sees Belle (also the founder of Parkour) use the technique to move through obstacles. He runs, climbs, swings, jumps, rolls and propels himself down stairs, through windows, across roofs, almost anything to make a way out of no way.

It is his expertise that keeps you hooked, not Walker’s good looks or the emotional connect. However, it’s not just Walker’s fault either. The plot is insanely unimaginative. No time or thought is invested in establishing the characters or developing the story. As a result, you feel indifferent about the cops, villains, their henchmen, etc. With no buildup, back-story or logic, the whole battle of good guys v/s crime and corruption looks inconsequential.

The film has a message at its core but the execution is way too simplistic with the actors acting as if they weren’t paid. Action buffs can still watch it for the Parkour-infused chase sequences. All you Paul Walker fans, stick to Fast & Furious instead.

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