Sunday 24 July 18:00
Before Knives Out… before Looper… before Star Wars: The Last Jedi…writer/director Rian Johnson made his debut with this deliciously clever nouveau noir — the best probably since 1974’s Chinatown. Really.
After receiving a frantic phone call from his ex-girlfriend (Emilie de Ravin), teenage loner Brendan Frye (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) learns that her dead body has been found. This sets Brendan on a dogged journey through the dark underbelly of his high school to uncover the truth about her murder. Yes, Brick takes the classic hard-boiled film noir story and sets it down in most high stake universe of all: High School.
The result is pretty near perfect, from its brilliantly conceived teenage underworld to its unique slang lexicon, to its ragged, rumpled, and hurting Philip Marlowe-esque protagonist played expertly by JGL — who at the time was just on the cusp of his post Third Rock from the Sun career explosion.