A violent but principled criminal (Vince Vaughn) is arrested and sent to prison after a drug deal goes awry. He tries to serve his time peacefully, but ends up clashing with dealers, convicts, and a sadistic warden (Don Johnson). S. Craig Zahler wrote and directed this prison drama. Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Guiry, and Udo Kier co-star.~Ben Schultz
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Journey to the Brawl: The Making of Brawl in Cell Block 99
Nice Picture & Audio on this Blu-ray edition. I opted for the Blu-ray this time as the word is that the blu-ray is comparable to the 4k edition.
I've never been much of a Vaughn fan so I was surprised that I enjoyed his portrayal as a low key badass as much as I did. Elements of this film reminded me of 70's exploitation fare without the Tarantino-twists.
It's simply a situation concerning imperfect people forced into a bad situation which generally spirals out of control & over the top. In this case a Badass in a BadAssed situation. Vince Vaughan is not a small man (est. 6'4" , 200+ lbs) & they play this up as much as possible resulting in some unflinching & convincing brutality.
As an aside, the soundtrack is a curious mixture of 70's soul etc.
I also recommend this Director, S. Craig Zahler's previous effort "Bone Tomahawk", which stars Kurt Russell,
especially if you enjoy gritty, exploitation-esque westerns.
All-in-all these are fun guy movies & I look forward to Zahler's next effort.
This movie is one of the very best movies to come out last year. Gritty and unforgiving this is one of the greatest action dramas of modern times. Vince Vaughn is a revelation in a role that in a just world would have garnered him an Oscar nomination. Tough, brutal and uncompromising this movie will be talked about for all time by those who seek it out. Do youself a favor and add it to your library.
Brawl in Cell Block 99 is INCREDIBLE. While it starts off odd and slow, it eventually builds to a sensational experience. Vince Vaughn gives the best performance of his career. This is not for everyone though...it's a VERY violent movie when things eventually start moving.