Brawl in Cell Block 99

Brawl in Cell Block 99

DVD - 2017
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Bradley, a former boxer turned drug runner, lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets deadly.
Publisher: [Bethesda, Maryland] : RLJ Entertainment, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9786317096608
6317096600
Branch Call Number: DVD Brawl
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
NTSC
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1
1 videodisc (132 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Brawl in cell block ninety-nine

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richmole
Apr 16, 2018

Gave this feature three stars for these reasons:
1. Interesting twists on the old crime/convict genre.
2. Vince Vaughn's mesmerizing performance as the criminal-with-a-moral-code.

....and in spite of the some of the most horrific look-away physical violence ever contained in a movie. My wife and I handled these sequences well, but lemme tell ya, it was tough. I've never seen anything more graphic, and I've seen plenty. The word "exploitation" occurred more than once. Too bad: handled differently, this was a 4-star movie.

Having said that, the early scene of the frustrated (just got laid off) and enraged (wife just confessed to adultery) lead character who takes it all out on--not boss or wife, but a CAR!--Is a classic. That this must be seen as a victory for anger management tells you everything you need to know about this man.

Really eager to watch this movie after seeing the shaven-head image of Vaughn in promotional material. "Yes!" I yelled. See, I've always suspected Vaughn is a terrific dramatic actor, who--I believed--squandered his talents in a long, long series of boring, vapid comedies. I'm not the only one who thought so; he's starred or costarred in many HUGE box-office bombs...but the guy just keeps on working. Then came Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge (drill sergeant) and now this movie. He's on a roll here. Coming up: his take as a criminally-minded cop, costarring with--wait for it--Mel Gibson, in a movie that would take an Oscar nomination for title alone: Dragged Across Concrete.
Can't wait.

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lindy919
Apr 05, 2018

Relatively new director, S. Craig Zahler, has a definite way of taking ideas that we've all seen a dozen times before and turning them on their head. His formula is fairly simple: cast actors in unlikely roles; write efficient and smart dialog; use hyper-realistic violence to hit that raw nerve over and over. He also brings the setting to life. In this case the prison practically comes alive in all its digusting and brutal glory (even more so than the desert expanse in Bone Tomahawk).

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rugolin
Apr 02, 2018

A very dark and ultraviolent exploitation movie where Vince Vaughn essentially plays a living Terminator with principles who will do anything to protect his family from bad men out to blackmail him in prison after a drug deal gone wrong. Vince Vaughn is convincingly intimidating as a man who will beat,stab and stomp his way through prison guards,drug dealers and anyone else who gets in his way but glib and charming enought to somehow get you to hope that he will get out in the end. The movie starts off quite slowly but builds into a very effective Neo-Western where like Gary Cooper in High Noon,Vince Vaughn must go it alone to save the ones he loves.

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jamlover2
Mar 31, 2018

Incredible, excessive levels of violence!

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rrg407
Mar 26, 2018

The worst movie V has ever been in.

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jjvotnbot
Mar 26, 2018

Newfound respect for Vince Vaughn after watching him in this role.

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jimg2000
Feb 24, 2018

Agree with graybear1’s succinct comment on the film’s relentless violence and Bone Tomahawk (my rating was ★★★★) roots. The comedian Vaughn portrayed a captivating character and his feel-no-pain journey to the brawl reminded me of the half-brother of Lisbeth in the girl series who was also a hulking freak of nature with similar congenital analgesia disorder. An unusual grim antihero action drama in an unexpected place. Stay away if you are squeamish.

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graybear1
Feb 05, 2018

Mesmerizing performance by Vince Vaughn in a somewhat different type of role. The same director as Bone Tomahawk (also violent but good), who certainly knows how to get the best from his actors. Pretty good story, though you'll have to suspend belief for some parts. Quite violent so beware if that is something you avoid.

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fictionallyyours
Jan 29, 2018

I like Vince, I didn't like this movie. Slow to start, then slow to end. I wonder why he was in it? The other reviews were right, very violent.

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VonHafenstaaad
Jan 23, 2018

Extremely violent- SUPER violent. I'm not sure I can recommend this movie to others without warning them about how graphic the film is- because it is- very very, graphic. The movie is well made and well acted- it has the feel of a comic book mixed with an exploitation film. Interesting if you liked the director's first film " Bone Tomahawk ".

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rem85
Jan 26, 2018

rem85 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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jimg2000
Feb 24, 2018

You okay?
-South of okay, north of cancer.
When things pick up around here, I'll make sure Dean calls you.
-I said the same shxt to Pete when he got booted.

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Hey, big guy. You feeling okay?
-A little south of okay
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The redleaf detention center is classified as a maximum-security facility. But there's another term I prefer... one that I think will give you a clearer picture. Minimum freedom. If you make trouble, your minimum freedom will get smaller. So small that it becomes microscopic.
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Prisoners are expensive, and we're only too happy to help the state balance its budget by deploying some cheap lead.

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