The head of the gang is played by multi-hyphenate RZA, who has scored and appeared in a number of movies, wrote and directed "The Man with the Iron Fists," and was a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan. So, you know, he's nothing to eff with.
It looks like Belle, who invented the amazing sport of parkour, does most of the wall-flipping action, although there's plenty of fisticuffs, bare-handed brawls, and gun battles for everyone. (You can check out Belle's awesome talents on YouTube, which shows him making a grown-up jungle gym out of basically anywhere he goes. So cool!)
Prodigious writer/director/producer Luc Besson co-wrote the screenplay for "Brick Mansions," as well as for "District 13," and he's one of the producers. That used to be a mark of excellence for action fans, but Besson's track record has gotten pretty spotty since "The Fifth Element." This is director Camille Delamarre's feature-length debut, although he worked as an editor on "Taken 2," "Lockout" (aka "Space Jail"), "Colombiana," and other actioners.
Still and all, the talent of its stars (and the promise of awesome onscreen action) should be enough to lure viewers to theaters. Check out the trailer and see for yourself.
"Brick Mansions" opens on April 25.
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