Brawl in Cell Block 99

7.22 h 12 min2017X-Ray18+
When Bradley (Vince Vaughn) is sent to prison, he is forced to commit acts of violence that turn the place into a savage battleground.
S. Craig Zahler
Vince VaughnJennifer CarpenterDon Johnson
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4.3 out of 5 stars

3472 global ratings

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ZacharyReviewed in the United States on October 22, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
maybe the best film of the year so far
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A completely original gut-punch of a movie. Vince Vaughn's best performance. It's violent, but has a real heart at the center of it. S. Craig Zahler is one of the most talented writer/directors working right now. This is an unforgettable movie with a fantastic script, a gripping story, mind-blowing scenes of "brawls" and excellent work by every actor. They all seem to be taking advantage of the fact that they are in a great film and each chews the scenery properly, especially Vaughn and Don Johnson. Maybe the best film I've seen all year. Warning: it's definitely violent. The last few seconds felt like a bit much, but it's a bloody masterpiece otherwise.
67 people found this helpful
Draco MalfoyReviewed in the United States on January 30, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great '70s Action Film from 2018.
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This movie is so great! It's one of the few and rare grindhouse style movies that isn't over the top. It's slow paced, but it never drags it's feet and stays interesting through the entire runtime. The violence is explosive, but never gratuitous or blatant (hostle & Saw), it's just a gritty, well paced action film that harkens back to the excellent action films of the seventies. It's right up there with Dirty Harry.
I couldn't recommend it anymore than I a currently am; if you love violent action films then do yourself a favor and watch this movie. You won't be disappointed.
I watched it on Prime, so I can't speak towards the special features or the collectability of the home release.
51 people found this helpful
D M StarkReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Very Dark Work of Art
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When I read reviews on just about about anything listed on Amazon, I usually read the one- and two-star ones first, and I see a lot of real negative ones on this film. But I think those reviewers are missing the point of it. Vaughn's character isn't supposed to be realistic, believable. He's mythical, super-human, almost a cartoon character like the ones in "Sin City."

I find this film to be a very dark work of art, and well done. As for Vince Vaughn's acting, he's a superb talent. Oh, and don't watch it when you're eating.
35 people found this helpful
Andrew Louis BlackReviewed in the United States on January 21, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
If you don't like violence on screen
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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.
26 people found this helpful
Deborah vendettaReviewed in the United States on November 1, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Performance that Grabs You & Doesnt let Go !
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So Glad to see Vince Vaughn in something other than a comedy ! I have followed his career & remember his early performances in Clay Pigeons & Return to Paradise ! This by far was his best dramatic performance to date ! Why isn't a talent of this magnitude not doing more Action & Dramatic Roles ? Don't get me wrong he has the ability to be very funny but he is a Multi-Faceted performer which this movie demonstrates ! I have purchased this & seen it 3 times ! He uses a lot of restraint in the film so that his performance is subtle & not overdone which creates such a realistic portrayal of the character - Bradley ! You cannot take your eyes off the screen for a second because you are constantly guessing what he will do next ! At first he appears to be the Classic Bad Guy but Bradley is much more complex than that & slowly he creates one of the most Unique Characters that I have seen in an action film in years ! The Performance was Flawless ! Don Johnson also delivers a great believable performance as the Jaded Prison Warden ! The Perfect Epitome of Bad Guy - Hero ! This is a film that doesn' t disappoint on so many levels ! Loved the Soundtrack ! Well written because for a slightly over 2 hr movie there were no lags ! See This if you like a Great Action movie with top notch performances !
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BudReviewed in the United States on March 5, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Incomprehensibly bad
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If you enjoy d-movies where the lighting is wrong, the camera placement is wrong, laughably bad scenes that progress illogically from one to the next, and practical effect gore that is done so poorly one would think the movie was made in 1950, then you'll enjoy this movie. How much were Rottentomatoes critics paid? I mean that sincerely.
16 people found this helpful
Omar A. RizviReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Are You Kidding Me?!
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This has got to be the dumbest, most unrealistic prison movie ever! Each new scene made it more absurd than earlier. If an inmate ever assaults a Prison Guard, he will likely be disfigured beyond recognition by the other guards, not feared and handcuffed. “Put Jewelry on him”? Are you serious? Nobody talks that way. Honestly I don’t think these votes are done by real people but by bots, since I can’t believe people actually gave this laughable movie anything but even a star. Vince Vaughn and Don Johnson must’ve laughed when they read the script but I guess needed to kill some time and get another paycheck.
12 people found this helpful
Trader2x2Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Vince Vaughn give a STELLAR performance in this movie!
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Vince Vaughn was superb. There are Oscar winning actors who couldn't bring a character to life over the course of an entire movie the way Vaughn did in the first 5 minutes of Brawl. Just a stunning performance. It's a shame this film didn't get a longer/wider distribution in movie theaters. Someone, please cast this man in more dramas! I didn't recognize Don Johnson at first, such was his demeanor and bearing. A very good performance from him. Jennifer Carpenter is entirely believable in her role - another very good performance. Marc Blucas, whom I know from Buffy (TV), has a small but important role and brings it home.

Reviewers who made note of the copious violence and blood were telling the truth, so be forewarned. There were moments when I turned my head away from the screen, but there was no way I would not watch Vaughn until the end. He's that good.
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