Brawl In Cell Block 99
"I didn’t know H20 got a sexual orientation," Bradley Thomas (Vince Vaughn)
Effing hell! What a slice of gonzo cinema! One of the most violent films I have ever seen. Vince Vaughn is a revelation (an especial surprise after his inadequate turn in TRUE DETECTIVE season two). And a huge step up for director S. Craig Zahler, who made the dire BONE TOMAHAWK. BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 gets progressively more vicious, almost like a video game. It is a testament to the compelling unfolding that one did not notice any walk outs during the press screening (either because there weren’t any, and/or I was so engrossed). Contrast the press screening of BRIMSTONE, from last year, which had a steady tide of exits. This is not similarly unrelentingly grim. For all the brutality, BRAWL is electrifying and surprisingly funny.
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