Originally Posted by Jonesy
Using school kids to try and create a noirish world, is pointless; they lack the experience, the depth of depravity and hedonism that characterises the characters in a noir.
There is little sense of the danger of the forbidden in Brick; it all seems too much like a kid's game. And there is certainly a lack of visual tension, which is so essential for an effective noir.
Brick is one of the slowest moving films in recent times. Even with JGL's natural charisma viewing it is a supreme effort. Without him it would be virtually unwatchable.