A High School murder mystery, by rights, shouldn't really work. With excellent writing, acting and plotting, Brick works like a charm. Joseph Gordon-Levitt turns in an excellent performance as a sharp-witted high school loner trying to get to the bottom of his ex-girlfriends' woes in the seedy underbelly of a seemingly quiet California suburb, supported by a solid cast and terse writing. The quips alone make the movie worth watching, but the cinematography, direction, and acting seal the deal--plus, when's the last time you saw a noir with three femme fatales?
A high school loner determined to find out why his ex-girlfriend has turned up dead enters the disturbing world of high school cliques and sub-cultures.