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Brick (2005)

Director: Rian Johnson

Writer: Rian Johnson

Music by: Nathan Johnson

Producers: Ram Bergman; Mark G. Mathis

Keywords: Mystery

A teenager looking to solve the mystery behind his ex-girlfriend's death charts a course through the seedy underbelly of a high school drug ring.

Brendan, a loner and high school student, finds ex-girlfriend Emily dead near a sewage tunnel just days after an attempt to compel her to turn away from unsavory influences in her life. Determined to solve the mystery behind her murder and perhaps bring about a measure of justice, Brendan uses four clue words ("brick" among them) provided to him by Emily prior to her death to deduce the identity of her killer, setting out on a journey alongside geeky pal Brain that sees him meeting a number of teenage drug dealers on his way to a confrontation with a leader called The Pin.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Noah Fleiss
16-Apr-1984   Josh and S.A.M.
Meagan Good
8-Aug-1981   Eve's Bayou
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
17-Feb-1981   Third Rock From the Sun
Lukas Haas
16-Apr-1976   Amish boy in Witness
Matt O'Leary
6-Jul-1987   Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire
Emilie de Ravin
27-Dec-1981   Claire on Lost
Richard Roundtree
9-Jul-1942   Shaft
Brian J. White
21-Apr-1973   Stomp the Yard


Joseph Gordon-Levitt   ...   Brendan
Nora Zehetner   ...   Laura
Noah Fleiss   ...   Tugger
Matt O'Leary   ...   The Brain
Noah Segan   ...   Dode
Meagan Good   ...   Kara
Emilie de Ravin   ...   Emily
Brian J. White   ...   Brad Bramish
Lucas Babin   ...   Big Stoner
Richard Roundtree   ...   Assistant V.P. Trueman
Lukas Haas   ...   The Pin
Jonathan Cauff   ...   Biff
Reedy Gibbs   ...   Pin's Mom
Tracy Wilcoxen   ...   Straggler
Ari Velkom   ...   Tangles
Cody Lightning   ...   The Lug


Review by anonymous (posted on 11-Oct-2006)

Brick is GENIUS. It didn't lose me for a minute. Brendan is a god-like mixture of bravery and razor intellect. He's a highschool student who is hunting his ex-girlfriend's killer. He throws out slang I've never heard (yet I'm old)and uses private detective speak in lightning fast conversations. You really have to listen. The part calls for an actor who isn't light in the brain either and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is fast off the mark. He's goodlooking enough to withstand perilous camera angles but still convinces one he's the passionately stirred introvert. He's all fight but keeps his hands in his pockets, dangerous and nearly unstrung beneath his curly hair and glasses. I'm not out to tell the story here, just to say watch the movie, especially if you've had a little too much American Pie lately.

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