BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Brick Mansions Reviews
By Dr. Know on April 24th, 2014
Critic Reviews for Brick Mansions
The action sequences of “Mansions” are edited within an inch of their lives, adding more incoherence than thrills.
Mr. Delamarre is not an action virtuoso, but his visual style, heavily indebted to the Grand Theft Auto video games, is appropriately rough and kinetic.
There’s not enough of Belle’s artistry here, given that part of the remake mandate presumably was to deliver something even bigger and better.
A bad movie, basically an aerobics class in search of an action-thriller plot …
“Brick Mansions” packs gunfights, car chases, acrobatic stunts and humor into one stylized package.
You know those ridiculous action movies where a bad guy with, say, four large guns gets beaten up by a quick-witted good guy with absolutely zero guns? They’ve got nothing on Brick Mansions.
A silly pile-up of exaggerated action clichés-and much of the time, it’s pretty fun.
If Walker was still with us, we’d write Brick Mansions as lame action filler; With tragedy lingering, the movie just seems unfair.
The narrative comes across as even sillier than it did in 2004, and the action less exhilarating, [while] the aggravating visual style makes it a trial to watch.
Nothing more than a nearly scene-by-scene remake of “District B13,” itself a glorified Nike commercial with French subtitles.
Whenever it features feet flying through the air, Brick Mansions is a pleasure. Asked to do anything else, it’s one stumble after another.
Brick Mansions undermines its best asset — the athletically impressive parkour sequences — with overedited footage that would make a Jason Bourne movie look lethargic.
If you can’t see [David] Belle do what he does in one take, then it just looks like mere movie magic.
Brick Mansions takes a swing at gentrification and dislocates a shoulder in the process.
Dismal, appallingly shot and edited, and cast with the least interesting actors around, it’s clear that this carnival ride of flips, jumps, and gentrification should’ve remained a distant European memory.