Brawl in Cell Block 99

Brawl in Cell Block 99

Summary

S. Craig Zahler is two films into his directing career and it's already a doozy. 2015's Bone Tomahawk was a connoisseur's blend of genre tropes and gruesome violence and Brawl in Cell Block 99 is more of the same, meant in the best possible way. The genre in question has shifted from Western to Prison Thriller, and the big names have changed from Kurt Russell to Vince Vaughn (whose performance drew a general critical reaction of "oh, yeah, we forgot this guy was a pretty good actor") and Don Johnson, but it has maintained its essential S. Craig Zahlerness.