I was thinking about motifs in various movies, and it struck me that a big motif in Brick is addiction. That's to be expected in a movie about drug dealing, but that's not the only addiction I noticed. All of the characters are dependant on something, and will go to extremes to get it. Emily and Dode are the most obvious- they're drug addicts. I suspect Brad Bramish is as well, judging by how strung-out he always was. Brendan seems to be addicted to love and being in love, or at least addicted to Emily- all of the girls in the movie are romantically connected to him somehow (though this may be a noir feature- I wouldn't know) but he seems to need a connection to someone. Laura's addicted to power- she manipulates people around her in hopes of coming out on top. That could also tie in to how she reacted to being rejected by Brendan- I think she loved him, but a part of it was that she'd never not been able to control a guy before, and it was an alien expierence to her. She wanted to control Brendan, and she knew exactly how to manipulate him, by playing on his protectiveness ("I don't know anyone who would do that for me."). Tug seemed to be something of an adrenaline junkie the way he acted constantly in high gear. Kara's also something of a power addict,but she also thrives of drama and intrigue, and stirs it up when there isn't any- i.e. goading Brendan about Emily's pregnancy. The Pin's more difficult, because we never see enough of him to judge (and we have the same problem with Brain) but for all his status, he's pretty powerless. He lives with his mother, he's disabled, so he has to have foot soldiers do the manual work, and he can't even control them. His mini-monologue about Tolkien seemed to show that he's kind of lonely, and dissatisfied with the life he has- "He really makes you want to be there." So maybe the Pin's the only one who isn't an addict of some sort, but he does control everyone else's addictions- Laura's to power, Brendan's to Emily (and if we're just calling it a love addiction, to Laura), Tug's to adrenaline, Kara's to drama (his actions stir the pot, so to speak) and Emily and Dode's to drugs.
No real validity to this; it's just a theory I came up with while I was bored, but I find it interesting.
Current Music: The Bitch of Living- Spring Awakening (Ensemble)