It’s fitting that for what would turn out to be one of his final roles, the late Paul Walker portrayed his most recognizable character: the empathetic undercover cop who switches sides after some rough-around-the edges criminals teach him a thing or two about honor, justice and stickin' it to the man. Such is the unfolding of Brick Mansions
, an almost scene-for-scene remake of the 2004 French film District B13
. In a dystopian Detroit, cop Damien Collier (Walker) sets out to avenge his father’s death and thwart a drug kingpin, and he finds an unlikely sidekick in honest slum warrior Lino (David Belle, who plays the same role in the original). In a satisfying, bro-centric recipe, the two start out as foes but wind up finishing each other's sentences, taking down troll-sized gangsters in slow-motion hand-to-hand combat, and executing perfectly in-sync backflips off exploding vehicles. You know, coincidentally. The film is so formulaic that it's actually funny. Take it for what it is, and enjoy Paul Walker at Paul Walker's best, which is flattening bad guys with ninja chops and steely blue eyes.