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Monday 23 October 2017

YET another movie is released after the death of

Brick Mansions

YET another movie is released after the death of Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker, this one is possibly the best of the lot.

Set just a few years in the future, things haven't gotten any better for the denizens of Detroit. In fact, things are even worse, with many of the poorest streets walled off from the rest of society and left to rot and be run by the drug lords.

But problems arise when the lowlife rulers of Brick Mansions threaten the rest of the city with a neutron bomb, and the forgotten area is soon back on the agenda.

Undercover cop Damien (Paul Walker) is sent in to sort out the mess and, confronted by overwhelming odds, he's forced to team up with ex-convict Lino (David Belle) to bring down crime boss Tremaine (rapper RZA), and save the city.

Oh, and there's the little matter of rescuing Lino's girlfriend Lola (Catalina Denis) from Tremaine's clutches.

Based in the cult French movie District B13, Brick Mansions is almost a carbon copy of the original, but at times, unlike the European version, doesn't know if it's camp comedy of serious revenge movie or pure action nonsense.

It's a bit of all three, and suffers for that.

It's got echoes of the original Robocop's nightmarish vision of Detroit, and the darkness of Indonesia's The Raid, but it's nowhere near as good as either of them.

But if you want OTT fight scenes, girl-on-girl scrapping and a twist or two, it's not half bad.

DVD EXTRAS: Short interview with Paul Walker; deleted and extended scenes; interview with rapper RZA, and assorted cast bios.

>MARK EVANS

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