Unfortunately, Paul Walker's 'Brick Mansions' Just Isn't Very Good
Brick Mansions isn't very good. Sorry.
We were hoping this one was going to turn out pretty good. One of Paul Walker's final movies, Brick Mansions, has a decent premise. Set in a dystopian Detroit, a set of abandoned mansions house the city's most dangerous criminals. Unable to control the crime, the police construct a colossal wall around the area to protect the rest of the city. Sort of, District 9 meets The Simpsons movie.
RZA [L] and Paul Walker [R] in Brick Mansions
Walker plays a undercover cop Damien Collier, who has to battle against corruption to live an honest life. Unfortunately, the critics haven't gotten on-board with one of the late actor's final works.
"Brick Mansions is a non-starter: It chokes on its déjà vu, the hyperactive Mixmaster editing is exhausting and the characters' banter is so leaden it might violate federal emission standards," said Liam Lacey of the Globe and Mail.
"Only the very charitable would characterize this strain of providence as anything other than dumb, or at least incredibly forgetful," said Eric Henderson of Slant.
"Director Camille Delamarre (Taken 2) relies heavily on camera trickery, speeding up and slowing down as needed to highlight jumps and stunts but in between the action scenes, tedium takes over," wrote Linda Barnard of the Toronto Star.
"The action sequences of "Mansions" are edited within an inch of their lives, adding more incoherence than thrills," said Gary Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times.
There were some positive reviews, most notably from Bernard Besserglik of the Hollywood Reporter, who said: "There's vaulting and flipping galore as well as the customary ration of fistfights, shoot-outs, car chases and general mayhem that should satisfy hardcore action fans."