Movie review: Action too incoherent in 'Brick Mansions'
Paul Walker deserves a better posthumous tribute than "Brick Mansions," a whackadoodle action flick from the mind of Luc Besson.
Walker plays Damien Collier, an undercover Detroit cop who's after the nasty drug lord Tremaine (RZA), who lives in the walled-off tenement Brick Mansions. Tremaine's crew has stolen a neutron bomb that's set to go off in 12 hours, and to find it and disarm it, Collier reluctantly teams up with Lino Dupree (David Belle), a street thief who lives in Brick Mansions and has his own beef with Tremaine.
Belle, who starred in "District B13," the French original being remade here, is a master of the building-hopping martial art called parkour, and his acrobatic moves bring a kinetic energy to the movie.
Alas, director Camille Delamarre (who edited the Besson-produced "Taken 2" and "Lockout") cuts too frenetically for a coherent action scene.
Walker is charismatic, as always, and this movie just reminds us why we'll miss him.
Opens Friday, April 25, at theaters everywhere; rated PG-13 for frenetic gunplay, violence and action throughout, language, sexual menace and drug material; 90 minutes.
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