Brick is a crime noir film set in a modern day California high school. The juxtaposition between the modern setting and the noir music, dialog and story actually meld together quite well. The movie was compelling throughout. The quick intelligent dialog was really fun to watch. It was similar to the dialog that goes into a Kevin Smith movie, but unlike a Kevin Smith movie where the dialog is shocking because of the utter idiocy of the characters who are relating that dialog Brick's dialog is shocking yet refreshing. I was trying to picture a high school where kids talk like that and I couldn't picture it; probably because I went to high school in a small town in Iowa and most of my fellow classmates were nearly illiterate.
The acting in the movie was also well casted and well performed. All of the characters fit pretty well. Kara, the actress, seemed a little too beautiful for the school, but with the dialog and the story I was able to suspend belief pretty easily. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is becoming one of my favorite actresses and his performance in this film is really a treat to watch. He tows the line between badass, rebel/outcast, and detective deftly. Emilie De Ravin, while not having much screen time, also fit the part well.
I heard about Brick through a website I found while Stumble(ing)Upon one day. The story was about some notable teen movies from the last ten years. I had never heard about Brick. Since I have been trying to get back into watching movies recently I thought that I would add some of these movies to my movie queue. I was reticent to start watching this movie because I wasn't really sure what to expect. The brief synopsis that Film School Rejects, the website that I Stumble(d)Upon, didn't give me much information about the movie. I am really glad that I watched Brick, and it belongs in the class of mystery films that I would watch more than once.