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| | 1 hr 59 min | Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Brick is a story about a high-school loner named Brendan who finds a note in his locker from a distraught ex-girlfriend named Emily telling him she needs to talk. She calls him on a pay phone and won't tell him what's going on, though it's clear that she's done something very wrong. Knowing she's in way over her head and leaving him only with mysterious words like tug, pin and brick, Brendan takes it upon himself to figure out what she's gotten herself into. He consults with a friend known as Brain, the resident whiz kid. He tells Brendan only that Emily has gotten herself involved with a less-than-reputable crowd and that Brendan should steer clear. That is not Brendan's style.

When he finds her lying dead in a drainage ditch, Brendan is determined to figure out who killed Emily and bring them down. He works his way into the seedy underbelly of his high school, where a crime ring has sprung up among some of the more well-to-do members of the student body. He works his way through drug-dealing drama queens, society sirens, drug-addled lowlifes, and muscle car tough guys to find the mysterious Pin. It's from here that Brendan starts to sow seeds of doubt and tear down the criminal syndicate piece by piece. In the tradition of the classic film noir hero, he unravels the mystery of the brick and exacts his particular brand of gritty justice. It won't bring her back, but it's what had to be done.

Through the clever use of hard-boiled patter and machine-gun dialogue, Brick weaves a film noir tapestry of high school torn from the pages of a classic detective novel. Its carefully crafted story and artful performances transport you into a gritty world of pubescent dames full of deceit and teenage gumshoes bent on setting things right.

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Stars
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nora Zehetner, Noah Fleiss, Matt O'Leary, Noah Segan
Director
Rian Johnson
Language
English
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