Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) Rated: NR Runtime: 132 minutes
els – 7.0/10
IMDb – 7.2/10
Amazon – 3.8/5 stars
Rotten Tomatoes Critics – 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience – 3.7/5
Metacritic Metascore – 79/100
Metacritic User Score – 6.9/10
Directed by: S. Craig Zahler
Written by: S. Craig Zahler
Produced by: Jack Heller, Dallas Sonnier, Gregory Zuk
Music by: Jeff Herriott, S. Craig Zahler
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson
Vince Vaughn, son of Vernon, brother to Valerie and Victoria, V for Victory; fresh off a successful role as Sgt. Howell in Hacksaw Ridge, teams up with S. Craig Zahler to produce the greatest prison movie since Cool Hand Luke in 1967. This is a grinder of a movie where hard luck, bad luck, and no luck leads Vaughn straight to jail without passing Go, with Vaughn playing his part with the reticent verve of Charlie Brown crossed with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Bradley, not Brad, Bradley (Vaughn), starts off the film with a bad, no good, awful day by first getting laid off his lousy paying, tow truck driving job followed, in short order, by broken locks, a trashed out yard, and a cheating wife, culminating in a one round boxing match with his wife’s car. The car lost. Bradley calms down, keeps his wife, and goes to work for a drug dealer. All is peaches and cream until a drug delivery goes bad, involving Bradley, not Brad, in a shoot-out, his subsequent capture and arrest by the local police. The arrest quickly manifests itself into a 7 year prison sentence for Bradley where matters progress from bad to hellish in the blink of a black eye.
This is a well directed, written, and acted, virile, manly movie that provides all the testosterone you will need for the week. The only weakness in the film is the music; R&B tunes that just don’t fit; Jimmy Page and Johnny Cash would have been the right choice; thanks for asking. Ignore the music, open a beer, kick back and enjoy this flick.