Film Feels Curious x LUMI: Brick

BBFC RatingFilm Feels Curious x LUMI: Brick

Showing: 24 July 2022

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Sun 24 Jul 2022

Certificate15
Year2005
GenreCrime, Drama, Thriller
DirectorRian Johnson
WritersRian Johnson
LanguageEnglish
CountryUSA
Running Time1HR 50MINS
SeasonFilm Feels Curious

Before Knives Out… before Looper… before Star Wars: The Last Jedi…writer/director Rian Johnson made his debut with this deliciously clever nouveau noir — the best probably since 1974’s Chinatown. Really.

After receiving a frantic phone call from his ex-girlfriend (Emilie de Ravin), teenage loner Brendan Frye (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) learns that her dead body has been found. This sets Brendan on a dogged journey through the dark underbelly of his high school to uncover the truth about her murder. Yes, Brick takes the classic hard-boiled film noir story and sets it down in most high stake universe of all: High School.

The result is pretty near perfect, from its brilliantly conceived teenage underworld to its unique slang lexicon, to its ragged, rumpled, and hurting Philip Marlowe-esque protagonist played expertly by JGL — who at the time was just on the cusp of his post Third Rock from the Sun career explosion.

Selected for Film Feels Curious by our very own LUMI Young Programmers, Brick is a modern marvel of cleverly conceived and sharply executed indie filmmaking. Do yourself a favour and get lost in its world awhile on the big screen.

For more information about LUMI, go to queensfilmtheatre.com/LUMI.

This screening is part of Film Feels Curious, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Explore all films and events at filmfeels.co.uk.

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