Brawl in Cell Block 992017
Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)
Critic Consensus: 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.
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Critic Reviews for Brawl in Cell Block 99
I can't remember violence in a film eliciting such verbal reactions.
Vaughn's performance is hard, dark, and mercilessly committed, and the film gives you nowhere to hide from it - no twangs of irony or conspiratorial winks to take the edge off what ensues.
In terms of its storyline alone, this is a bit of a potboiler, a typical prison drama, but the dialogue is razor sharp and the performances, especially that of Vince Vaughn, are far more nuanced and poignant than you'd expect.
Vince Vaughn is so intimidating in "Brawl in Cell Block 99," even the back of his head seems to be glaring at us and asking, "Do we have a problem here?"
Writer-director S. Craig Zahler takes his handiwork so seriously that viewers may do the same.
Audience Reviews for Brawl in Cell Block 99
A no-nonsense prison film about a square guy dealt a bad hand, and then how he plays it. Vince Vaughn breathes through this like an old school steam engine freight train, powering this testosterone nightmare into dream status. By the end, you might consider wanting to go to prison yourself. Grindhouse confectionary contentness.
They don't make 'em like this anymore! Brawl in Cell Block 99 is not just the best of Vince Vaughn's career, it's also one of the best movies of the year. Not for the faint of heart, but something that will stay with me for a long time to come.
The film is at it's best when it indulges in it's little digressions and oddities (Vaughn tearing a car apart with his bare hands, Fred Melamed's cameo as a snooty prison guard, Don Johnson's monologues, etc.) Some of the brutality is a bit much, but it's thankfully brief.
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