Brawl in Cell Block 99 – Movie Review

Trailer: https://youtu.be/7FnAhrJDTqs

Rating: A-

Positives

  • A fantastic performance by Vince Vaughn. Vaughn in recent years has been taking a dip into more dramatic roles such as “Hacksaw Ridge” or on the show “True Detective”. But here he’s on a whole other level, turning in the best performance of his career. Vaughn brings a lot to the character “Bradley Thomas”, from being extremely menacing & stone cold, to showing that he very much has a heart for the ones he loves.
  • Good performances by Jennifer Carpenter & Udo Kier
  • Solid direction by S. Craig Zahler. Zahler brings the 70s grindhouse out of this film to perfection. I would also applaud Zahler’s direction of the fight sequences in the film, most of which were done in one shot.
  • A pretty nice screenplay by S. Craig Zahler. Zahler builds the “Bradley Thomas” character flawlessly as a man who hides his emotions and only cares about his family.

Negatives

  • A couple scenes that could be trimmed down a little.

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