Director: S. Craig Zahler
Writer: S. Craig Zahler
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson, Marc Blucas, and more.
My dude Grant came at me extremely excited when this film came up in conversation and he instantly recommended it to me to view and do a review on and now, here we are. Once again, as many of these Requested Reviews come to me, I knew little to nothing about this film, director, or previous work from the director. Grant asked me about ‘Bone Tomahawk’ (which was another film he recommended to me) and again, I declined to know anything of it. So going into this film, I had the excitement of my friend fueling me as I started it up and I can say by the end of the film, I surely had an extreme response to the film. So let us get ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99’ an Oberrating, shall we?
“A former boxer-turned-drug runner lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets deadly.”
Early on in the film, I became a bit skeptical of how I would receive ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99’ because of its pacing which is definitely something I can see others being dissatisfied with concerning the film as a whole. However, this early skepticism is quickly wiped away as the story progresses, at least from my point of view. Vince Vaughn as Bradley Thomas had me completely enamored. His character was incredible to watch as he adapted to every new event forcing his mission to be more and more difficult throughout the film. The character of Bradley Thomas played by Vince alone was enough for me to love this film. His character is a good and honest man doing what he can for his family despite it being a troublesome business. I found myself in awe when I came to realize Bradley simply was the “good guy” of the film, he just had to do many…many…many bad things.
Beyond being completely invested in the character of Bradley Thomas, most of you know, I am a sucker for brutal films. And with that, it is very safe to say that ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99’ fits that bill easily when the action takes place. While not entirely being ‘Hostel’ brutal, it is definitely not for the squeamish. If you are a fan of bone snaps and sheer brutality, this is well and good for you.
My good friend Grant certainly hit one out of the park for me on this one. Vince Vaughn puts on a clinic with his character Bradley Thomas. The action is ugly and brutal, exactly as expected when thinking in terms of a jail yard brawl. The pacing did not bother me as it seems to have bothered others and with that said, this film was a very enjoyable watch for me.