Brawl in Cell Block 99


I should have known. I should have re-read my review of Bone Tomahawk, and skipped this film.

Sadly, I did not.

Brawl in Cell Block 99 starts out with promise. I was interested in Vince Vaughn in something other than a comedy. The premise of him running drugs and still attempting to be a decent human was promising.

And then it happened. The worst, most unrealistic police shootout I’ve ever seen on film. That is not an exaggeration, either. To top it off, Bradley (Vince Vaughn) decides to save the police officers rather than escape. Because reasons?

Bradley then becomes imprisoned in what I can only describe as college for criminals. Now, I’ve never been to prison, but something tells me that even a medium security facility would not allow inmates to roam around unattended.

Everything about this film is just absolutely idiotic. The writing, the plot, the acting. Everything. I mean, it would have been more believable and interesting if the surprise twist turned out to be that Bradley was actually a robot.

I’ve learned something about S. Craig Zahler through his two films. He honestly, truly believes that he can make up for garbage writing and bland direction with gratuitous violence.

Spoiler alert: he can’t.

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