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Dragged Across Concrete Blu-ray Review

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“Dragged Across Concrete” is intense, but it doesn’t always sit well.

The plot of “Dragged Across Concrete” is simple. 2 police detectives (Tony and Brett) are suspended for police brutality. Needing money for their family and loved ones, they decide to rip-off a group of bank robbers (including a recently released felon named Henry who also wants a better life for his family). Needless to say, the job for both parties quickly goes south.

“Dragged Across Concrete” is an admittedly strange viewing experience. The film (which is written by S. Craig Zahler the writer and director of cult favorites “Bone Tomahawk” and “Brawl In Cell Block 99”) is an often thrilling, brutal, gritty, dark, grounded, character centric neo-noir story about desperation, survival, crime, corrupt cops, violence, and money with fine performances across the board (I’ll get to that in a bit). At the same time, it’s an excessively lengthy and overwritten 158 minute film that doesn’t bring much new to the table in terms of content or themes. It’s also sometimes off-putting and problematic in how it deals with race, gender, morality, and violence. Granted, that may be intentional or it might not be.

In terms of the cast, Vince Vaughn (Tony) and Tory Kittles (Henry) are the stand-outs here to be sure. Even though Vaughn started out in comedies, he’s really found his groove as of late in dramatic roles and this is further proof of that. Kittles has largely been a character actor but he gives arguably his best performance in this. Hopefully the actor gets bigger and more challenging roles from here on out. Despite how one may feel about Mel Gibson, the actor turns in a quality performance here and has great chemistry with Vaughn. Expect plenty of other memorable supporting roles from the likes of Michael Jai White, Jennifer Carpenter, Laurie Holden, Don Johnson, and Udo Kier as well.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? The dark and moody lighting shines in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Expect a crisp 5.1 track.

Extras:
* DVD copy
* Digital copy
* Lionsgate trailers
* “Moral Conflict: Creating Cinema That Challenges In A Blockbuster World”- Zahler and other cast and crew members talk about Zahler’s films, modern cinema, films for adults, morality, etc.
* “Elements Of Crime”- A 3 part extra about criminal intent, criminal act, and criminal concurrence in the context of this film.

April 26, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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