Brick

Brick

Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Emilie de Ravin, Nora Zehetner, Matt O’Leary, Noah Segan Directed By Rian Johnson Year 2005

The Story

BRICK is a modern twist on the film noir genre. Student Brendan Frye (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) prefers to stay an outsider, until one day when his ex-girlfriend, Emily (Emilie de Ravin), reaches out to him unexpectedly just to suddenly vanish again. With the help of his genius friend, the aptly named Brain (Matt O’Leary), Brendan sets out to find her, only to discover it is too late. She is already dead. His investigations lead him to a variety of interesting characters: substance-abusing Dode (Noah Segan), seductive Kara (Meagan Good), jock Brad (Brian White), femme fatale head cheerleader Laura (Nora Zehetner), and the supposed leader of them all, The Pin (Lukas Haas). This low budget film is like no other film of its genre, and while it may take a second viewing to understand what is going on, it is a truly fantastic cinematic endeavor.

Matt’s Character

Matt plays the Brain, Brendan’s only friend. He is not just a nerd, but a genius, seen completing a rubik’s cube during the course of a short conversation. He is enlisted to be Brendan’s eyes and ears around school grounds, gathering any information on what could have happened to Emily. Brain is never seen interacting with any other character besides Brendan, and the final scene of the film shows him seemly disappearing into Brendan’s head. This leads viewers to speculate if Brain is actually real or just Brendan’s inner conscious..

Awards

WINS:

2005 Sundance Film Festival -- Special Jury Prize: Rian Johnson

2006 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards -- Most Promising Director: Rian Johnson

2006 Cognac Festival du Film Policier -- 'New Blood' Award: Rian Johnson

2006 Golden Trailer Awards -- Best Titles in a Trailer: Mark Woollen & Associates

2006 San Francisco Film Critics Circle -- Best Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson

2006 Satellite Awards -- Best Original Score: Nathan Johnson

2006 Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival -- Citizen Kane Award for Best Directorial Revelation

2007 Austin Film Critics Association -- Best First Film: Rian Johnson

2007 Central Ohio Film Critics Association -- Best Overlooked Film

2007 Central Ohio Film Critics Association -- Best Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson

NOMINATIONS:

2005 Deauville Film Festival -- Grand Special Prize: Rian Johnson

2005 Sundance Film Festival -- Grand Jury Prize: Rian Johnson

2006 British Independent Film Awards -- Best Foreign Independent Film

2006 Golden Trailer Awards -- Best Independent: Mark Woollen & Associates

2006 Independent Spirit Awards -- John Cassavetes Award: Rian Johnson, Ram Bergman, & Mark G. Mathis

2006 Independent Spirit Awards -- Producers Award: Ram Bergman

2006 Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival -- Best Film: Rian Johnson

2006 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards -- Best First Feature: Rian Johnson

2007 Austin Film Critics Association -- Best Film

2007 Empire Awards, UK -- Nominated for Best Male Newcomer: Rian Johnson

2007 Empire Awards, UK -- Nominated for Scene of the Year: The foot chase

2007 Online Film Critics Society Awards -- Best Breakthrough Filmmaker: Rian Johnson

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