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Di­rected by Jeremy Saulnier. Star­ring Ma­con Blair, Devin Ra­tray, Amy Har­g­reaves, Eve Plumb

16 cert, QFT, Belfast; Cineworld/IMC Dún Laoghaire/Light House, Dublin; IMC Galway, 90 min

Di­rected by Camille De­la­marre. Star­ring Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA, Gouchy Boy, Catalina De­nis, Carlo Rota, Ay­isha Issa

gen­eral re­lease, 90 min

15A cert, Given the na­ture of his work, it is not say­ing a great deal to re­port that the last film com­pleted by the late Paul Walker brings no fur­ther shame to his mem­ory. What we have here is a per­fectly ser­vice­able re­make of Pierre Morel’s French thriller District 13 (and, there­fore, a sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion re­tread of Es­cape from New York).

Set in poor old Detroit – al­ready seen this year, to di­lap­i­dated ef­fect, in Robocop and Only Lovers Left Alive – the film con­cerns an area of the city that, run down to a hope­less de­gree, has now been cor­doned off as a doomed en­clave. When the sup­posed vil­lains within Brick Man­sions ac­quire a neu­tron bomb, De­tec­tive Walker is cou­pled with a French-Cana­dian ex-con (David Belle) and sent in to re­store or­der.

The fight chore­og­ra­phy – tend­ing more to­wards Jackie Chan than Bruce Lee – is ex­cel­lent through­out. And, though mem­o­ries of Walker’s death ad poignancy, the car chases crash and bang with sat­is­fac­tory oomph.

The lu­di­crous of the plot­ting and the clunk­i­ness of the di­a­logue do, how­ever, ul­ti­mately be­come too grat­ing to tol­er­ate. “I’m here to meet my con­sti­tu­ar­ies,” RZA says af­ter be­ing de­clared mayor. “Con­sti­tu­ar­ies”? At least the orig­i­nal came with sub­ti­tles.

Detroit melt­down: the late Paul Walker in

Brick Man­sions

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