Brick Mansions (2014): Delamarre’s Exploitation Actioner, Starring Paul Walker in Penultimate Film

Camille Delamarre directed Brick Mansions, an exploitational actioner, written by Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen and Bibi Naceri, and starring Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA.

Grade: C- (*1/2 out of *****)

It is a remake of the 2004 French film “District 13,” in which David Belle had also starred.

Set in 2018 in dystopian Detroit, abandoned brick mansions serve as housing dangerous criminals. Unable to control the crime, city officials built a colossal containment wall that is 40 feet tall in an area known as the “no go zone.”

Police monitor all movement in and out of Brick Mansions in which schools and hospitals are shut down.

Two men are contrasted as they join forces, bond, separate and fight. Undercover cop Damien Collier (Paul Walker) battles against corruption after the death of his father, whereas French-Caribbean ex-convict Lino (David Belle) fights to live a more honest life.

Released on April 25, 2014, five months after Walker’s death on November 30, 2013, the movie is dedicated to him.

This was Walker’s penultimate film, followed by his final film appearance in Furious 7.

Despite negative critical response, this trashy B-actioner was popular at the box office.