"Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker lives on in this new exclusive trailer for "Brick Mansions," and it looks to be the most hard-hitting action flick of his all-too-brief career.
Detective Damien Collier was arguably Walker's most physically demanding role as he engages in all sorts of punches, leaps, kicks and other astonishing feats as he takes on the scum of a semi-dystopian Detroit and looks to avenge the death of his father.
The new trailer is a lot more Walker-centric than the first look at "Brick Mansions" released in February, with more "character motivation" provided for the blonde and blue-eyed star's cop role. Detective Collier has been assigned to infiltrate a neighborhood of "brick mansions" — dubiously contained by a massive surrounding wall — that serve as the headquarters of dangerous criminals ... most notably Tremaine (RZA, getting plenty of low-angle villain shots), a drug kingpin responsible for the murder of Collier's detective father.
Collier's citizen partner on this mission, Lino (David Belle), also has a bone to pick with Tremaine as his girlfriend has been kidnapped by the drug lord, but that character and his subplot stick to the sidelines in this new trailer as Walker takes center stage and emerges as a bona fide action hero. Embracing his co-star Belle's own training discipline, Parkour, Walker gets to engage in all sorts of crazy physicality in "Brick Mansions," including but not limited to:
- Jumping onto a dude's back, flipping over his head and then kicking him
- Jumping out of a window and landing on a car
- Hitting a dude in the face with glass container
- Leaning back limbo-style onto a table to dodge getting an axe to the face
- Getting behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang (natch)
- Throwing a brick at the camera lens (an homage to the film's title, perhaps)
The real show-stopper comes right at the end when Walker jumps off a building, seemingly in order to reach the adjacent structure. There's just no way that's going to work, but he looks rather calm about it as he plummets in a diagonal line.
This madness comes courtesy of co-writer/co-producer Luc Besson, as "Brick Mansions" is the American remake of the French filmmaker's own "District B13" (2004). David Belle is actually reprising his role from the decade-old original, (with a mild name change from "Leito" to "Lino"), which proves that Parkour is also effective in battling the effects of aging.
This isn't the last time we'll see Paul Walker on the big screen, as he'll be reprising his role as Brian O'Conner one final time in "Fast & Furious 7," which is set to re-commence with production this spring with a look toward zooming into theaters on April 10, 2015.
"Brick Mansions" opens on April 25.