Brendan Frye (Gordon-Levitt, who looks a little like "River's Edge"-era Keanu Reeves), a loner at a southern California high school, hasn't seen his sometime girlfriend Emily (de Ravin) for several days. A phone call from her asking for help sends him on a search until he finds her body outside a culvert, maybe hearing her murderer escaping down the dark tunnel.
Enlisting the help of "The Brain" (O'Leary) for research and surveillance, Brendan vows to track down Emily's killer and becomes a classic 1930s private eye. The trail takes him to a party at the home of rich girl Laura (Zehetner), drama club rehearsals and actress fatale Kara (Megan Good), dumb jock Brad, and most ominously, the out-of-school drug lord known as The Pin (as in, Kingpin, played by Haas, who was the little boy in "Witness") and his nasty muscleman Tugger (Fleiss). Brendan also gets hauled before the school vice principal, Mr. Truelove (Richard Roundtree), who tries to get the boy working on his side, too.
At the center of it all is a missing -- and possibly poisoned -- brick of heroin. The work of writer-director Rian Johnson, "Brick" might be called a spoof of noir except that it plays its story absolutely straight. It caused a sensation at the 2005 Sundance Festival.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus