Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)
Critics 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
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Zahler’s screenplay is driven by a solid central character and dialogue that might have made Elmore Leonard sit up straight.
Every scene has verve and wit and a clear purpose, getting Bradley closer to his destination and destiny-it’s just a more roundabout path than this sort of movie usually takes.
At two hours and 15 minutes, the movie doesn’t exactly justify its heft, but it maintains a fascinating air of morbidity as it builds toward a twisted climax.
It’s the rare movie that truly evokes the grindhouse ’70s, because it means everything it’s doing. It’s exploitation made with vicious sincerity.
This is an American film that’s daring in potentially alienating ways. I was not alienated myself but rather disturbed and delighted.
The movie reinvents Vince Vaughn as a human demolition machine who’s also a devoted family man, and it should find favor among pulp-hungry fanboys.
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