Have you ever wanted to lớn watch Vince Vaughn beat up a oto with his bare fists? Or scrape the flesh off of a man"s skull? Or break several other men"s heads mở cửa with a few powerful stomps? The grisly prison picture-action drama "Brawl in Cell Block 99" assumes that the answers are yes, yes & yes. 

You vì chưng not watch this film so much as gape at its" creators" flights of deranged inspiration. "Weird" does not begin to lớn cover the depth of its tough-guy eccentricities. The writer và director is S. Craig Zahler, the mind behind the horror-western "Bone Tomahawk." Working with cinematographer Benji Bakshi, he takes great pains to lớn show you his actors" entire bodies during fight scenes. He also wrote the original R&B score, which is performed by the legendary Butch Tavares and the O"Jays. The movie makes a star of Vince Vaughn again by casting him as antihero Bradley Thomas, a skinhead drug dealer who must pummel & stomp two prisons" worth of inmates và guards in order khổng lồ protect his kidnapped wife and daughter.

lượt thích "Bone Tomahawk" before it, "Brawl in Cell Block 99" starts off slow. The script takes its time setting up Bradley as a generally sympathetic hot-head who is also mercurial enough to gradually become the film"s real antagonist. After he"s fired from his auto-repair gig và discovers his wife Lauren (Jennifer Carpenter) has been cheating on him, he dismantles her car. But he keeps it together long enough to lớn show that he has a plan và has previously earned Lauren"s trust (offscreen, sometime prior lớn the film"s events). He tells Lauren that he will resume an old, well-paying job delivering drugs in order to bring more money home, swears that he wants to reinvigorate their marriage by having a baby with her, then accepts her apology và asks her if she will "abide" by his terms. He makes this request after destroying her cell phone & totaling her car, mind you; nevertheless, Lauren agrees khổng lồ abide. Suffice it khổng lồ say that Bradley eventually ends up in prison, where he is forced lớn keep his rage in check despite numerous dehumanizing factors.

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Sporting a shaved head with a huge crucifix tattooed on the back, Vaughn looks like an editorial cartoon of urban crime come lớn life. He"s a damn good boogeyman: an unrepentant rage-case with a knack for brutality. But he does everything purposefully, from race-baiting Mexican bodybuilders to breaking the bones of white & black prison guards alike. And the writing convinces you that he believes in family values as well as in the idea that you should never start a fight you aren"t willing to lớn finish.

The character is made nearly charming by his martyr-like willingness to silently suffer ungodly punishment, his hard-boiled quips, his wing chun-meets-boxing fighting skills, & most of all by Vaughn"s performance, which is revealed mostly through the actor"s stiff gait, arch posture, và furious punches (augmented by meat-slab sound effects). Zahler has given Vaughn one of his most satisfying dramatic roles khổng lồ date, & the actor makes Bradley seem as evidently volatile as he is potentially heroic. 

"Brawl in Cell Block 99" is a grade-A piece of meathead cinema, the kind of exploitation movie whose deepest thoughts are Am I more animal than human? and How far is a man willing lớn go khổng lồ protect his loved ones? These would be insufferably trite themes if Zahler wasn"t so good at drawing viewers in with sensationally staged violence and carefully observed details: the long shadows cast by billiard balls, the rustle of curtains, the eerie stillness of a door before it"s bashed in, the pauses Bradley takes between beatings.

That having been said: the real reason you will either love or hate "Brawl in Cell Block 99" is its hyper-stylized violence. These scenes are inventively shot và choreographed (by fight coordinator Drew Leary và Zahler) so that we can see the actors" bodies & faces. This could not have been an easy task, since Bakshi"s camera always seems khổng lồ be wherever Leary needs it to lớn not be. Nevertheless, Zahler"s presentation of his actors & stunt performers makes every bone-splintering, limb-destroying, flesh-rending practical special effect that much more effective. Zahler is on khổng lồ something when he says—as he did at a recent post-screening Q&A—that he thinks of movie gore as a magic trick. 

"Brawl in Cell Block 99" isn"t for the squeamish, nor for anyone who dislikes the idea of cheering on a guy who, in reality, wouldn"t be as benign as his creators want us to think. But if you are willing khổng lồ suspend your disbelief for 132 minutes, you may find yourself head-over-heels for this film"s brand of gross, thoughtful pulp fiction.

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Simon Abrams

Simon Abrams is a native New Yorker và freelance film critic whose work has been featured inThe thủ đô new york Times,Vanity Fair,The
Village Voice,
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Brawl in Cell Block 99 rides a committed Vince Vaughn performance into the brutally violent -- and undeniably entertaining -- depths of prison-set grindhouse genre fare. Read critic reviews

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A former boxer loses his job as an tự động hóa mechanic, và his troubled marriage is about khổng lồ expire. At this crossroads in his life, he feels that he has no better option than khổng lồ work as a drug courier. He soon finds himself in a gunfight between police officers & his own ruthless allies. When the smoke clears, Bradley is badly hurt và thrown in prison, where his enemies force him to commit acts of violence that turn the place into a savage battleground.

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Genre: Action, Mystery và thriller

Original Language: English

Release Date (Theaters): Oct 6, 2017 limited

Release Date (Streaming): Oct 13, 2017

Runtime: 2h 12m

Distributor: RLJE Films

Production Co: XYZ Films, IMG truyền thông media

Cast và Crew

Vince Vaughn

Bradley Thomas

Jennifer Carpenter

Lauren Thomas

Don Johnson

Warden Tuggs

Marc Blucas


Tom Guiry


Udo Kier

Placid Man

Rob Morgan


Geno Segers


Fred Melamed

Mr. Irving

Dan Amboyer


Pooja Kumar

Denise Pawther

Clark Johnson

Detective Watkins

Philip Ettinger


S. Craig Zahler


S. Craig Zahler


Dallas Sonnier


Jack Heller


Marco Henry

Executive Producer

Benji Bakshi


Greg D"Auria

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