Writer-director S. Craig Zahler follows up his ferocious feature debut Bone Tomahawk with an equally measured and brutal prison flick that’s immediately notable for casting Vince Vaughn as the stoic protagonist, who’s primed to explode.
Former boxer turned drug runner Bradley Thomas (Vaughn) gets to unleash his pent-up aggression behind bars, after he is blackmailed into murdering an inmate. While the bloody mayhem that’s unleashed in the high-security slammer doesn’t exactly qualify as a brawl, watching Vaughn’s simmering descent into head-crunching hell has all the impact of a mighty punch.
A masterful mix of arthouse and grindhouse, Brawl in Cell Block 99 consolidates Zahler’s status as one of the most exciting auteurs to come along since a guy named Quentin.
Release Date: 31 January 2018
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson
Read our interview with director S. Craig Zahler.