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Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)

Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)


Vince Vaughn

Directed by S. Craig Zahler

Before I go into why you should see this movie, I want to first warn you, it is a low budget movie whose graphics need work especially in the gory area (in like three scenes or so).
Welcome to a typical 90s action movie where the lead is in control of everything.

First off, it stars Vince Vaughn in a role that depicts him as a bad ass with a willingness to kill and hurt in the most gruesome way available.
Vaughn is not cracking jokes or casted in a comedic role, he is a man who is willing to do anything to save the life of his family. I can bet you have heard this synopsis before when it comes to action movies. A man gets involved with the wrong crew, gets into trouble and then his family’s life is in danger because of his bad ways and now he puts his life in danger to save them.

This movie touches on all the old familiar action movie setting. The “Good guy” in our case the man who is trying to save his family, is somehow invincible. Bullets seem to miss him at odd times and when men had the chance to shoot to stop him, they kind of hesitate and do something else.

Vince Vaughn plays the role of Bradley Thomas a former boxer and now mechanic who lost his job on the same day he finds out his wife is having an affair.
Now, he and the wife decided not to call it quits and instead put off the past and start new with a child. He then decided to be a courier for illegal drugs since he has lost his job and needs the money to be able to make a better life for his family.

After eighteen months of doing well in the drug courier business, everything went south when he had to do a pickup and he was teamed up with some men.
There was a police raid at the pickup, which led to a murder of one of the men, Bradley finds himself in prison doing seven years.

The leader (Eleazar) of the men he worked with, wants revenge for the money lost and he kidnaps Bradley’s wife who was pregnant with his daughter.
Eleazar sends a message to Bradley, he was to find his way out of the minimum-security prison he was in to a maximum-security prison and look for a specific man and kill him to save the life of his family.

The task turned bloody, with many casualties on the way until Bradley discovers the twist in the man he was sent to kill.

Good movie, not one that will stand out, the name, the production companies and even the lead is not a strong attraction to go see this movie. After seeing it myself I will say it is worth seeing as things never go the way you expect it and the action will remind you of the 90s.


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