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Brawl In Cell Block 99 Blu-ray Review


“Brawl In Cell Block 99” is bonkers in a good way.

In “Brawl In Cell Block 99,” the story revolves around a boxer turned auto mechanic turned doug courier (Bradley) who is trying to turn his life (and shaky marriage) around. Alas, his plans are dashed when he winds up in jail after a drug pick-up goes south. Things only get worse for Bradley in jail when he learns that his wife has been kidnapped. The crime boss that Bradley was doing his pick-up job for is forcing him to kill an inmate or else his pregnant wife will be butchered and murdered. Bradley decides to sacrifice everything by taking the assignment which leads him on a bloody and dangerous path.

The above plot synopsis does not do this film justice. In fact, I don’t think any plot synopsis could. One has to experience the wild journey of “Brawl In Cell Block 99” to fully get it. If I had to describe writer/director S. Craig Zahler’s movie, I would say it is kind of like “The Raid” mixed with a video game containing boss fights with a dash of Grindhouse movie flavor. It’s violent, over-the-top, grungy, and, above all, entertaining. Is this movie for everyone? Not in the least, but for those looking for a crazy violent action/prison/thriller movie, this movie is in your wheelhouse.

One of the reasons the movie works as well as it does is due to star Vince Vaughn. For years the actor was walking through roles and appearing in rom com junk, but between “Hacksaw Ridge” and now ‘Brawl,’ the actor has returned to his former glory. Whether he’s beating up a car in the opening minutes (yes, you read that right) or having an intimate call with his wife, Vaughn really brings a lot of layers to this character.

The one downside to this movie is how the character winds up in jail. There could have been so many reasons as to how it happens, but the movie’s depiction of his eventual incarceration is clunky. I don’t really buy the character action or the reasoning.

Note: I reviewed the Blu-ray disc from the 4K UHD set.


Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? The dark and grimey style may not be the most appealing visually but it shouldn’t be given the content and circumstances. The transfer still looks solid despite the look of the film.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The 5.1 track delivers. No more, no less.

Extras: RLJ Entertainment trailers, a 15 minute featurette titled “Journey To The Brawl” which contains film clips, interviews with the cast and crew, discussions about the project and how it came about, and more, and a 31 minute “Beyond Fest Q&A” with 6 cast/crew members (with moderating by Christian Parkes).


December 11, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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