Brick Mansions (15) ***

David Calder as Julius Caesar in the play of the same name at The Bridge Theatre. Picture by Manuel Harlan

Beware the Ides of March, but enjoy this screening

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It’s never a good sign when the lasting memory of a film is a glaring error.

During a quieter moment of Camille Delamarre’s dystopian action thriller, an old man surveys a newspaper article with the strapline, ‘Stangest thing I’ve ever seen’.

Brick Mansions

Brick Mansions

Evidently something got lost in translation between the 2004 French action thriller District 13 and this frenetic English language remake, which was the last project that actor Paul Walker completed before his death in late 2013.

It’s a fitting swansong for the handsome star of The Fast & The Furious series, crammed full of outrageous action sequences and high-octane cars that became his trademark.

But for every clunky gem of perfunctory dialogue, director Delamarre counters with thrillingly choreographed sequences of kicking, punching and tumbling that keep our adrenaline pumping.