Brick Mansions **Dir: Camille Delamarre. With: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA. 91 mins. Cert: 15
Visionary-turned-pablum-producer Luc Besson here relocates 2004’s nifty parkour-based actioner District 13 to a crime- and cliché-ridden Detroit, where cop Paul Walker (in his last completed role) and the original’s David Belle are pursuing a megaton bomb, helpfully fitted with digital countdown clock. A thousand cuts per minute aim to speed us mindlessly past Besson’s usual chauvinism, political cynicism and dubious colour-coding – as in Taken, non-Caucasians are viewed with suspicion – while also chopping short exactly those moves this set-up was meant to showcase. The still-showing The Raid 2 got most of its kicks in situ; this deploys a lot of edit-suite trickery to generate only moderate dynamism.
Brick Mansions is now showing in cinemas nationwide.