“Brick,” a crowd-pleaser at last year's Sundance Film Festival, will be shown starting Friday, Sept. 1 at the Smith Opera House in downtown Geneva.
First-time director Rian Johnson sets a hard-boiled thriller in the dappled light of a Southern California high school, using dialogue comprehensible only to fans of the detective novels of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. As with the many references to films past, the rapid-fire exchanges may be duck soup only to bulls and reef worms (as cops and stoners are called in the movie's lingo), but they don't hinder the comprehension of a good story well performed.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a leading man in the mold of those unassuming, shambling detectives who take a beating while out-smarting the bad guys. He portrays Brendan Frye, drawn into the deadly struggles of a local drug ring after he gets a call from the girlfriend who just dumped him.
Richard Roundtree, the original Shaft, plays the assistant vice principal who hopes to use Brendan to weed out the criminal element in his high school.
The cast also includes Lukas Haas as the enigmatic druglord.
The mood of “Brick” is rich with contradictions, bright and gloomy at once. Youthful confidence and nameless fears fight for pre-eminence, and suddenly you realize that this stylized world isn't what being a teenager was like at all – but it's what it felt like.
“Brick” will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, Saturday the 2nd, Sunday the 3rd, and Tuesday the 5th, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday the 3rd. The film is rated R and has a running time of 110 minutes. Tickets are $5 general admission and $3 for students and senior citizens and will be available at the door.