'Brick Mansions' a Low Bar as Paul Walker's Final Film, Say Critics

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Friday, 02 May 2014 12:00 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Reviewers say the late Paul Walker deserved a better final film than "Brick Mansions," a remake of the French film "District B13" that gets stuck in action clichés.

"Brick Mansions" brought in $11.4 million in its first week in theaters, according to Box Office Mojo, ranking No. 5 during the weekend of all releases, behind Cameron Diaz's "The Other Woman," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Heaven Is For Real," and "Rio 2."

As in the "Fast & Furious" franchise, Walker plays a police officer who goes undercover with David Bell, who plays an ex-con named Lino, as they try to find and defuse a bomb in the clutches of a crime lord named Tremaine, who's played by RZA of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan.

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"His love for action roles comes through clearly in this movie," Jessica Herndon wrote for The Associated Press in a review of the movie. "From the detailed fight scenes to the subtle humor, Walker was in his element. He's as gutsy and charming as ever."

The Los Angeles Times' Gary Goldstein, though, wrote that the movie leaned too much on Walker's charm to get the movie by instead building a stronger script and acting.

"'Brick Mansions,' Paul Walker's penultimate film … is a dumb and ugly action picture that works strictly as a reminder of the late actor's head-turning good looks and modest charisma," Goldstein wrote. "Otherwise, this remake of the 2004 French thriller 'District B13,' directed by Camille Delamarre (editor of 'Transporter 3' and 'Taken 2'), is a dizzying mishmash of showy stunts, muddled narrative and some seriously risible acting and dialogue."

The Mirror's David Edwards wrote given the way Walker died less than a year ago, he found "Brick Mansions" at times difficult viewing.

"There's a sense of appalling foreboding that hangs over every scene of 'Brick Mansions,' the last movie Paul Walker completed before he died in a car crash in California last year," Edwards wrote. "The actor spends a good chunk of the film engaged in some seriously fast and furious driving which, given his eventual fate, makes for a tough and often unpleasant watch."

Walker's brothers Caleb and Cody are standing in for him as producers complete the filming of "Fast & Furious 7," which is currently filming, Newsmax reported.

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