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Brawl in Cell Block 99- review


“Brawl in Cell Block 99” (2017)

Directed by S. Craig Zahler

Starring Vince Vaughn,  Jennifer Carpenter,  Don Johnson

Running Time 122 Minutes, Rated R.

4 Mitch’s out of 5

Mitch Hansch/movieswithmitch.com


This one is a throwback.  A grindhouse film that’s deliciously violent, sporting for me what might just be Vince Vaughn’s best work to date.  “Brawl in Cell Block 99” is directed by S. Craig Zahler (“Bone Tomahawk”) with slow burn that crackles the more the film goes on.  Vince Vaughn is jacked in this film, not 6% fat Beach Body jacked, but prison jacked where his 6 foot very plus stance is accompanied with the kind of muscles that can and will do some harm.  


Vaughn plays Bradley, never Brad, who has been off the bottle for some time while trying to go straight working at a tow truck site.  That doesn’t keep, when he loses his job and nearly loses his wife Lauren (Jennifer Carpenter) he decides to do what he knows best and be the muscle running drugs.  With the marriage doing much better and a kid, nicknamed koala in the womb, things go south for Bradley when a job goes south, and he ends up back in the slammer.  Not a day goes by before he finds out his wife and unborn are kidnapped and threatened to have some very, very horrible things happen to them if he doesn’t get himself thrown into another prison of maximum security and put a hit on an inmate there so that he can save his family.  

Like a slow burn that is never not entertaining.  Vaughn is downright scary in this film.  He has a slow pace and drawl about him that plays against characters he famous for, and it’s badass and then some.  The fight scenes are shot medium to long, and the choreography is stellar, and believe me when I say this, there is a kill scene in this film that is in the pantheon of great movie kill scenes.  Great acting, great soundtrack, great violence, and a great time to be had in “Brawl in Cell Block 99”.

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