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Simon Brew Oct 20, 2017
I loved Brawl In Cell Block 99, the second feature film from novelist and filmmaker S. Craig Zahler. His first? Bone Tomahawk. I love that too, for the record. Zahler already feels like a very different voice in American film, a man content for his budgets to be low and control over his material to be high.
I came out of the movie being glad that »
Review by Matthew Turner
The second feature from Bone Tomahawk writer/director S. Craig Zahler, stylishly executed, ultra-violent prison flick Brawl in Cell Block 99 features a revelatory performance from Vince Vaughn that will make you see the actor in a whole new light.
Vaughn plays Bradley Thomas, a scary-looking recovering alcoholic with a shaved head and a big old crucifix tattooed onto the back of it. When Bradley winds up in prison after a spot of drug-running goes south, he’s visited by a sleazy henchman (Udo Kier) and given an ultimatum: he has to get himself transferred to a nearby maximum security prison and murder an inmate there or horrible things will happen to his kidnapped wife (Jennifer Carpenter) and unborn child. »
Brawl In Cell Block 99, 2017.
Directed by S. Craig Zahler.
After losing his job, a former boxer starts working for a local drug dealer. When a deal goes sour, he’s held responsible by the cartel involved and can’t escape them when he goes to jail. His wife is under threat if he doesn’t track down another prisoner in a maximum security establishment. And he’s in the notorious Cell Block 99.
The king of the affable layabouts is no more. Vince Vaughn is going through his own Vaughnaissance and he’s taking it seriously. For those that watched it, it all seems to have started with season two of TV’s True Detective: then came his supporting role in Hacksaw Ridge, where he was unexpectedly impressive and now, thanks to Bone Tomahawk director Craig Zahler, »
- Freda Cooper
In Brawl in Cell Block 99, Vince Vaughn, after finding out his wife is having an affair, assaults her car in a fashion that would remind anyone who owned a Sega Genesis or Super Nes in the 90s of a bonus stage in Street Fighter II. Vaughn, who is mostly known for his roles in broad comedies, including the likes of Wedding Crashers and Old School, plays Bradley Thomas, a no-nonsense, towering figure with a large, black cross tattooed on the back of his head. Thomas runs drugs to support his wife Lauren (Jennifer Carpenter) who is pregnant with their first child, who they adorably refer to as “The Koala.”
He works for a dealer named Gil, who is working on developing a partnership with a Mexican dealer. Thomas is skeptical when Gil persuades him with time off after the birth of his daughter. The run goes bad and the Mexican dealer, »
- The Film Stage
Mohawk review by Kat Hughes.
There was a time when the Western genre was pretty much the only film genre. The movie theatres were full of white hats fighting black hats, and Mexican standoffs at high noon. Then somewhere along the way, the popularity waned. Potentially a by-product of genre fatigue, the Western had essentially been retired. Then we got Bone Tomahawk, a film that gave a horror spin on the Western trope, and Westworld had a tele-visual face-lift and made westerns modern and relevant again. Now comes Ted Geoghegan’s Mohawk, a Western that plays out from the heavily under-represented Native American side.
Back in the day, the Native Americans – or Indians as films referred to them – were seen as either the enemy that needed wiping out at all costs, or »
- Kat Hughes
Much like S. Craig Zahler‘s previous film, Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99 will be a divisive movie. Some will love it, some will hate it, but nobody is going to walk away feeling “meh” about it. The film is anchored by Vince Vaughn‘s career-best performance as Bradley Thomas, an imposing hulk of a […]
- Eric Vespe
From S. Craig Zahler, the writer and director of Bone Tomahawk, and featuring a stellar cast, including Don Johnson (Django Unchained), Udo Kier (Iron Sky), Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) and featuring Vince Vaughn (Hacksaw Ridge) in the most powerful and transformative performance of his career, Brawl in Cell Block 99 is a brutal account of one man’s journey to the most punishing incarceration imaginable.
When former boxer (Vince Vaughn) loses his job and is faced with the breakdown of his marriage, he decides to take a job as a drug courier to turn his fortunes around and provide a comfortable life for his wife Lauren (Jennifer Carpenter). Just as his situation begins to improve, a savage gunfight lands Bradley in jail where he has to make a series of impossible, chilling decisions to protect those he holds dear. Backed into a corner, Bradley now finds himself forced to commit ever »
- Phil Wheat
The official poster for a film we absolutely loved when we saw in at Tiff a couple of weekend ago; the very violent, but very engaging Brawl In Cell Block 99, has just dropped courtesy of Universal Pictures.
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The hugely acclaimed thriller Brawl In Cell Block 99 hits cinemas in the UK on Friday 20th October 2017 and will also simultaneously be available to rent through iTunes, Sky Store, Amazon, Virgin, Xbox, BT, Talk Talk and Wuaki. From the writer & director of the critically lauded western, ‘Bone Tomahawk’, a stellar cast, including Don Johnson, Udo Kier, Jennifer Carpenter and featuring Vince Vaughn in the most powerful and transformative performance of his career, Brawl In Cell Block 99 is a brutal account of one man’s journey to the most punishing incarceration imaginable.
When former boxer (Vince Vaughn) loses his job and is faced with the breakdown of his marriage, »
- Paul Heath
Brawl in Block Cell Block 99, 2017.
Written and Directed by S. Craig Zahler.
A former boxer-turned-drug runner lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets deadly.
Shortly after being laid off from his position as an auto mechanic, Bradley comes home (American flag proudly waived out front) where his wife Laureen confesses that she has been having an affair for a few months. The film has an 18-months later flash forward that heals the wounds, never once again referencing their marital woes, but the dilemma does serve a purpose. The disappointing news sends Bradley into a fit of rage destroying his wife’s car, ripping off the entire hood and tossing it into the street, among other brutish displays of strength, as if writer/director S. Craig Zahler (whose first feature film was last year’s unique »
- Robert Kojder
All along “Brawl in Cell Block 99,” S. Craig Zahler’s road-to-perdition follow-up to his similarly descent-tinged debut feature “Bone Tomahawk,” you can feel just as much what the writer-director is railing against in his genre choices as what he’s flexing. Action heroes are too cheeky and boyish, so Vince Vaughn’s cornered bruiser is grown-ass, dedicated to his family, and stoic. Fights have become quick-cut messes, so these scraps will be in long takes, and you’ll be able to tell Vaughn is performing them. The stakes in these scenarios tend to be glib and empty, so this one will curdle your. »
- Robert Abele
Say "Vince Vaughn," and what's the first image that comes up? His "you're so money" suit-wearing Swingers alpha male? His heroic environmentalist-slash-shutterbug in the first Jurassic Park sequel? Maybe your go-to Vaughn is The Break-Up–era bloated version that graced tabloid covers and Jennifer Aniston's beach pics, or the smarmy comic Casanova of Wedding Crashers? Forget those other Vinces. Whenever someone says the actor's name, you'll now see a glowering, menacing hulk of a man, one with a tattoo of a cross on the back of his shorn skull »
There are certain movies where the title really lays it all out there for you, like Zach and Miri Make a Porno (which director Kevin Smith reportedly sold to The Weinstein Company based on just the title alone), last year's Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and this weekend's fantastically blunt Brawl in Cell Block 99. The economy of language here is really quite incredible, because, in just five short words, it tells you so much. "Brawl" lets you know right away that there will be action and violence, and that there are a lot of people in the mix, as opposed to a "fight" which is usually between two people. As you can see in the Cell Block 99 trailer, the footage clues us into the setting, a prison, a big one, apparently, with a lot of cell blocks, so right away, just in saying those five words, you know »
It’s October, Halloween is fast approaching, and the horror genre festivals are out in force. Kicking the month of monsters off in style is the Manchester-based Grimmfest. The event, now in its ninth year, takes place from 5th-8th October at Vue Printworks, and features a whole host of interesting and unique genre movies.
The four-day festival will see over twenty films that celebrate the weird and wonderful grace the big screen. This year there are some really special films on display, many screened at Frightfest back in August, but there are also a few new magic gems. If you missed the likes of Freehold, Ruin Me, Better Watch Out, Killing Ground, Replace or 68 Kill at Frightfest then you simply have to make time for them at Grimmfest; if you did manage to catch them, here’s a list of five other films not to miss…
- Kat Hughes
Brawl In Cell Block 99 was previously reviewed at Tiff 2017. Plot: A former boxer (Vince Vaughn) turned drug runner, is forced to infiltrate a maximum security prison. Review: Director S. Craig Zahler is quickly establishing himself as the most exciting pulp-infused voice to come along since Quentin Tarantino. His 2015 western, Bone Tomahawk, came out of nowhere, bypassing traditional fests like Tiff to premiere at... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
Exploitation films tend to be notable for their brevity, whether due to budget constraints (especially back in the celluloid era) or simply an admirable desire to get to the disreputable stuff without delay. S. Craig Zahler, however, is in no damn hurry. There’s horrific gore aplenty in his feature debut, Bone Tomahawk
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- Mike D'Angelo
“Brawl in Cell Block 99” introduces the retooled and muscle-plated Vince Vaughn 2.0 headfirst, his shaved and tattooed skull stomping away from the camera like an asteroid hurtling toward earth. Action Vaughn 2.0 has the same movie star qualities as the hunk of “Swingers”: the barreling 6’5″ frame, the deep-set eyes that convinced Rihanna to call him the sexiest man alive.
But now that Vaughn is 47, his powerful torso has the leather-knotted look of a man who spent his life pounding railroad spikes—no vanity abs here—and the exhausted shadows on his face say he’s seen too much. And that’s not just because he and “Cell Block” writer-director S. Craig Zahler just wrapped their second film together, “Dragged Across Concrete,” just four days before flying to Austin for the movie’s American premiere at Fantastic Fest. (It opens theatrically on October 6.)
For the first time in two decades, and »
- Amy Nicholson
One of my favorite films from this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was S. Craig Zahler’s (Bone Tomahawk) sophomore feature, Brawl in Cell Block 99. If you’re not familiar with the film, the movie features an awesome performance by Vince Vaughn as a former boxer named Bradley who ends up having to work for a friend as a drug courier. When things go off the rails, Vaughn lands in prison where he’s given an ultimatum: either do what he’s told or loved ones on the outside will suffer. Trust me, you’ve never seen Vaughn … »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
With the Halloween season finally upon us, that we’ve got a ton of horror and sci-fi titles headed our way via VOD and various digital platforms throughout the month of October. Things kick off with the 1992 horror comedy Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which hits Digital HD for the first time ever on October 2nd. The very next day, Cult of Chucky, Super Dark Times, The Forlorned, and Realive all make their respective debuts, and just a few days later the holiday horror flick Better Watch Out arrives on October 6th.
October 10th is another busy day, with the digital releases of Wish Upon, Dementia 13, The 13th Friday, War for the Planet of the Apes, and Wes Craven’s cult classic Summer of Fear, and for those looking to spend their Friday the 13th at home, you’ve got M.F.A., Brawl in Cell Block 99, and the Psycho-themed documentary 78/52 to look forward to. »
- Heather Wixson
[[tmz:video id="0_y9mqnsn0"]] Goldie Hawn wants no part of marriage to Kurt Russell's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" character, Ego ... but there Is one guy he's played she could see herself with forever. Goldie and Kurt have passed on the marriage thing, but still have been together for almost 35 years. So, we asked her Tuesday at Lax if she'd legally settle down with any of his characters. Great question, according to Goldie. She's got some great »
- TMZ Staff
October brings more Halloween treats than tricks at the movies – no less than five big Cannes films all make their public debuts in American theaters, from a Swedish art-world satire to a stirring French AIDS-activism drama. You also get a cold-blooded serial-killer thriller starring Michael Fassbender, a rock 'em sock 'em prison movie starring a skinhead Vince Vaughn and – finally! – the long-awaited, breathlessly anticipated Blade Runner sequel. Here's what you'll be seeing at a theater near you for the next month. Boo!
Blade Runner 2049 (Oct. 5th)
After decades of rumors, »
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