In a dystopian Detroit, abandoned brick mansions left from better times now house only the most dangerous criminals. Unable to control the crime, the police constructed a colossal containment wall around this area to protect the rest of the city. For undercover cop Damien Collier (Paul Walker) every day is a battle against corruption. For Lino (David Belle), every day is a fight to live an honest life. Their paths never should have crossed, but when drug kingpin, Tremaine (RZA) kidnaps Lino’s girlfriend, Damien reluctantly accepts the help of the fearless ex-convict, and together they must stop a sinister plot to devastate the entire city. With stylized action featuring thrilling Parkour stunts (David Belle is the co-founder of this physical training discipline), Brick Mansions puts an entertaining twist on the action genre.
“Brick Mansions” are what the projects in Detroit are called in this action packed film. When the mayor of the city decides to build expensive apartments on the site he plots to destroy the current buildings and all of the people inside. A bomb is stolen by some thugs and they intend to send it into the heart of the city so an undercover detective is sent in to disarm it — or so he thinks.
There aren’t many twists or turns in the film other that those exhibited by two men who perform amazing feats of leaping, jumping, somersaults and fighting. The fight scenes were not overly graphic but there was a bit of blood. Unfortunately, the plot was all to predictable and the content not appropriate for family viewing.