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Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 6 October 2017 (USA)
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A former boxer-turned-drug runner lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets deadly.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bradley Thomas
... Lauren Thomas
... Warden Tuggs
... Placid Man
... Gil
... Eleazar
... Roman
... Pedro
... Wilson
... Lefty
... Andre
... Mr. Irving
... Detective Watkins
... Jill
... Man with Mismatched Eyes
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Bradley Thomas is a hard working man. After him and his wife's miscarriage they admit the spark isn't there anymore and decide to have a baby. After being fired from his job, he turns to his friend who hires him as a drug dealer. A trade goes bad and he ends up in prison, the only problem is that a gang has kidnapped his wife and they will do an experimental operation on the baby unless Thomas kills one of the inmates in cell block 99. Bradley will not stop at anything until his wife is safe again.

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Upon first arriving at the prison, two separate prisoners make reference to a prison in Austria. They are most likely referring to Justice Center Leoben which has been recognized as one of the "nicest" prisons in the world due to its modern and luxurious architecture and furniture. See more »

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A prisoner in FRJ is one of the guards at Redleaf. See more »

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James: Are you ok?
Bradley Thomas: South of ok. North of cancer.
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You Are Yesterday
Written by Jeff Herriott & S. Craig Zahler
Performed by Butch Tavares
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Blown Away
14 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Rarely have I seen such unbridled inspired violence on screen. I loved every bit of this film, and not since 'Aliens' have I winced, grimaced, cried out in exclamation whilst rooting so shamelessly for it to continue.

Vince Vaughn is not the type of actor you would normally associate with this kind of role and though he's certainly not typecast, seeing him here will have some of the more constrained individuals at odds. However, he steps up to the plate and 'Home Runs' this one like he's been playing the bad boy, hard man since day one. It's a mile away from the usual films he features in and he really shows the extent of his range with this role.

This isn't one of those trussed up thinly veiled Oliver Stone or Tarantino movies all gussied up with gruesome activities and violence for the sake of the film... Oh no no no! This story compels violence, it demands it as a necessity to fulfil the screenplay. I felt my need for violent imagery completely satiated as the final credits rolled.

The fight scenes in particular were very well executed. Much unlike the usual physical big screen exchanges that go on forever because fatigue in films is much like that in video games, these are shorter, more decisive and less one sided. There's little if any of that 'choreographed' feel which often makes fight scenes and physical encounters more like practiced dance routines than actual battles for physical supremacy.

However I'm not doing this film justice, as the story here I a very good one. The film starts off fairly slowly but by the time its half an hour in and has picked up momentum, its like an unstoppable freight train. The adaptation is excellent, visually very powerful, some great graphic representation, particularly some of the prison scenes. The direction, wow! I mean this is as clear an example of what can be done with good direction as you will ever see. Truthfully, I could fault a few aspects of this film if I nit-pick, but really, that would be me trivialising.

If you don't like gruesome violence do not watch this film. This film takes you by the scruff of the neck and throws you into a world of graphic physical violence. If you want to watch a good story, essentially about the depths of violence that can be unleashed by a 'good-guy' when truly motivated criminal elements for manipulation... watch this film.

I will simply say everything here is on point


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