Brick Mansions – Film and Genre Analysis
Starring Paul Walker, David Belle and RZA, Brick Mansions is a 2014 French-Canadian produced crime drama produced in the English language. The movie, which came as a re-make of District 13, in which Belle also starred, is a fast paced action drama characterized with drug related crime in a city marred with unthinkable corruption. Brick Mansions are various blocks of buildings that were formerly a part of Detroit city. Following the collapse of the city, Brick Mansions, a fairly modest neighborhood, is left to house the hardcore criminals – mainly some violent drug gangs whose actions are characterized with hardcore fighting, murders, corruption and related vices. This paper is an endeavor to explain the extent to which the 2014 crime drama conforms to the stylistic conventions of the genre.
Summary and Plot
The movie opens with some flash scenes from the major media houses of the country showing the extent to which crime has become rampant in Brick Mansions. Following the directive of the mayor, the Brick Mansions Area is fenced-off the rest of the city by the police. The key presumption is that the containment wall surrounding Brick Mansions will secure the rest of the city from the violent crimes and violent activities of the gangs and unruly individuals living in the modest area. To Damien Collier (Paul Walker) every new day is a new struggle against corruption and other vices. To Lino Dupree, an ex-convict life is all about struggling to live a righteous life – a life of honesty and justice.
All drama starts when Tremaine Alexander (RZA) kidnaps Lino’s girlfriend Lola. Detective Collier, who is hunting down drug kingpin Alexander, combines efforts with Lino as they embark on fighting crime. In an unforeseen turn of events, Tremaine Alexander and Lino assist detective collier unearth the truth about the mayor’s intentions to destroy the city using a bomb that Tremaine’s men hijacked. In the...