Matthew Lickona 3 p.m., July 25
The late Paul Walker stars in an aggressively stupid parkour demonstration that at least has the lowbrow moxie to actually chain a pretty girl to a rocket with a bomb attached to it. Or maybe she's chained next to it; it's not entirely clear, and it doesn't entirely matter. All that matters here are visual elements; hence you wind up with dialogue such as "Get them!" "Faster!" "Let's split up!" and "Where they at?" There's a catfight with whips and chains, a series of car chases, and lots of punching and kicking, but not one ounce of genuine feeling, let alone drama. If you really need a plot summary, here goes: Brick Mansions is the name of a quarantined Detroit neighborhood ruled over by drug lord RZA. One guy wants him to stop selling drugs, another wants revenge for the death of his hero cop father. Together, they set out to hop, skip, and jump their way to justice. From the increasingly lazy pen of Luc Besson (Taken, Taken 2, Taken 3, Transporter 1-6). 2014.
- Rated PG-13 | 1 hour, 30 minutes
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