"Sometimes it's up to the people to make the best out of a bad situation"
"Brick Mansions" is a little number that came out in April providing some much needed action and a good send off to the late, Paul Walker. We didn't go to the theater to see this one, but we knew it would be worth checking out when Redbox finally added it to the Big Red kiosk.
Now initially, the only thing that screamed "Watch Me" in the trailer besides Walker, was the parkour mixed in the trailer, but when we cracked it open, we saw so much more. Not only is this a story of back-flips and gunshots it's one of .....
When you think of criminal enterprises in film, you think of the big guys with all the drugs and guns. This logic would be fine in most cases, but not "Brick Mansions". Nope, that would be too easy. The crime in this film is of another brand, an unsettling brand that unfortunately, isn't too far from the truth in some of today's cities..
Did you know that the crime we most often experience in our own backyards is a product of the environment we live in? Yep, some of us live in the suburbs and some of us live in the projects, but we all face economical hardships and are constantly reaching for scraps at the dinner table. We're not talking about Grandma's Kitchen, we're talking about the table of decision makers, so-called rulers and leaders of the ground we walk on.
They may call themselves politicians, kings or even governors depending on your geographic location, but the story is still the same. People are making decisions for the general population and these "decisions" may not always be what's best suited for the people. General population refers to all of us, in case you were wondering..lol
Enter Brick Mansions
Now, the story of "Brick Mansions" involves an undercover cop named Collier(Walker) at the top of his game that gets asked to remove a crime-lord in a Detroit war-zone. This "war zone" or hazardous area is known as "Brick Mansions". The cops don't even go in there because it's just that dangerous. It seems the only people that live there are junkies, poor people and The Rza, who just happens to be Tremaine Alexander.
Tremaine is a crime-lord that pretty much runs Brick Mansions with heavy fire power, drugs and some questionable connections with the local authority. Now, the only way that Detroit can heal and grow as a city is if Mr. Tremaine Alexander is removed from power. We all know what "removed from power" means, but it's not just Tremaine that the city is after.
What? Think about it, if Tremaine is removed another will take his place and so on and so forth. So what do you do? Well, you can start by letting a villain be a villain and a hero be a hero;)
You know, "Brick Mansions" is supposed to be a not-so far off, but distant-dystopian version of crime in Detroit. However, from the looks of the film, this could be Detroit in a few weeks..lol "No offense Detroit" =)
What we really mean is that crime runs rampant throughout the entire globe, but in some areas it's more concentrated than others. Law enforcement is virtually powerless in these zones and the victims living within these "war-zones" are too afraid to unite and stop it. Sometimes it takes action of another kind to reclaim the reigns off a lost town. But.. Who decides when a town is too far gone to save and how far will the "leaders" go to reclaim "Brick Mansions"?
Like We Said, Interesting Concept
If you should decide to watch, "Brick Mansions", don't watch it expecting "Swordfish" or "Die-Hard". This isn't that kind of film and you will be disappointed. Go into "Brick Mansions" looking for a decent action film showing true manipulation on a bigger scale.
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