★★☆☆☆The latest in a long line of trashy action thrillers spearheaded by French producer extraordinaire Luc Besson, Camille Delamarre's Brick Mansions (2014) - an American remake of 2004 parkour-driven French adrenaline-pumper District B13 - is just about as mindless as they come. It's essentially a collection of shoddily edited action sequences, underpinned by a monotonous narrative that has no purpose, let alone moral heart to reward viewers' waning attention. The late Paul Walker, who tragically died last November, stars as protagonist Damien Collier, an undercover cop who accepts an assignment to infiltrate an infamous and high-risk housing complex deep within a fictional Detroit.
Time and time again throughout Brick Mansion's necessarily short runtime a new set-piece will seemingly have already begun before the previous one has had time to soak in. It leaves a lot to the actors to atone for and sadly, despite Walker's natural charisma and Belle's obvious skills at parkour, it all proves too much. As difficult as it is to be too harsh on Walker's final completed feature before his untimely death late last year, there's little of merit within Delamarre's Brick Mansions to potentially compliment. It's at its best a by-the-numbers thriller that represents exactly what Besson's career has become: one senseless, uninspired, unrealistic actioner after another.