This movie: brutal, intense, mesmerizing. If you don't like violence on screen, don't watch it under any circumstances. From the director of Bone Tomahawk, who mostly relies on ambient sound and slow burn staging. It's really a movie about violence and force and order, and it belongs to a new genre of movies that I can't come up with a name for, about dudes (mostly) in increasingly impossible situations who have to come up with some kind of solution to get out of a maze of obstacles without nothing but their strength and wits. To which I'd add: Jeremy Saulner's Blue Ruin and Green Room, and the recent Good Time. These movies feel like the stoic, talented, but essentially moral antiheroes in the "High Sierra" genre (as there were multiple remakes of it) about outlaws on the run, and also stuff like Point Blank, Charley Varrick, The Outfit, Get Carter, The History of Violence, and the end of Thief where one man takes on a syndicate with nothing to lose. In all these movies, the character does not adapt but simply responds. He is - to use a word my students are familiar with - "serious" instead of rhetorical.
And I agree: Vince Vaughn is awesome here and this is the direction I hoped his career would take when he broke out. He's obviously good as a motormouth, but there's a toughness and edge to him because of his size, build, and penetrating eyes. Along with his (underrated) work in True Detective, I'm hoping this is the direction his career takes instead of Owen Wilson goofball comedies. Also, I'm a big fan of late period Don Johnson, who should have a better post Miami Vice career in movies like this.
Big thumbs up, though only recommended to those who can stomach it.