`Brick' delivers -- all noir and rapid-fire

Rian Johnson's tale of teens in suburbia is laced with plenty of wit

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April 28, 2006|By MICHAEL SRAGOW | MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

A Big Sleep with underage bozos, a Maltese Falcon where the stuff that dreams are made of rests in the lockers of a well-worn high school, Brick is a remarkable oddity, audacious and engaging.

This film noir for the young and the feckless spills over with suburban bravado and unrelenting wit. Our antihero, Brendan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), tries to get to the bottom of a narcotics underworld that has swallowed up his ex-girlfriend Emily (Emilie de Ravin). He never stopped loving this druggie even after she left him cold. The movie is deliriously disarming in the way it laces life-and-death heartbreak in and out of cozy-seedy circumstances.

Brick (Focus Features) Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Directed by Rian Johnson. Rated R. Time 110 minutes.

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