Tuesday 16 January 2024

REVIEW: The Bricklayer (2024 Film) - Starring Aaron Eckhart and Nina Dobrev

Review by Jon Donnis
Director Renny Harlin brings audiences a familiar yet engaging action thriller in "The Bricklayer," featuring a strong cast led by Aaron Eckhart and Nina Dobrev. The film revolves around a rogue former CIA agent, Radek, played convincingly by Clifton Collins Jr., who disrupts international relations by framing the CIA for a series of assassinations. To clear their name, the agency must enlist the help of Steve Vail (Aaron Eckhart), a retired operative with a rebellious streak and exceptional skills.

The plot, based on the novel by former FBI agent Paul Lindsay, follows a predictable trajectory with a few twists and turns. The story's lack of flexibility and somewhat non-evolving characters contribute to its formulaic nature. However, the film compensates for these shortcomings with its intense action sequences, reminiscent of both Jack Ryan and Jack Reacher, offering fans of the genre an entertaining bullet-riddled adventure.

Aaron Eckhart shines in the lead role, bringing both action and dramatic depth to his character. His portrayal is complemented by Nina Dobrev, whose dry humor adds a layer of enjoyment to the film. Clifton Collins Jr. as the antagonist Radek and the supporting cast, including Tim Blake Nelson and Ilfenesh Hadera, deliver solid performances, enhancing the overall viewing experience.

The screenplay features plenty of fun one-liners, and the film boasts numerous exciting fight scenes that keep the audience engaged. While the plot may be somewhat predictable, the movie succeeds in delivering what fans of the genre expect: a lively, action-packed spectacle.

Despite its formulaic elements and occasional inconsistency, "The Bricklayer" manages to captivate viewers who appreciate straightforward action thrillers. Aaron Eckhart's strong performance, coupled with the entertaining dialogue and intense action sequences, make it a satisfying experience for those seeking a thrilling, albeit familiar, cinematic ride.

In conclusion, "The Bricklayer" may not break new ground in the action thriller genre, but it delivers on its promises, providing an enjoyable escape for audiences who relish the adrenaline rush of a well-executed, albeit predictable, story. I give it a fair rating of 7 out of 10.

Out no on Digital at https://apple.co/48W2O8d