🎥 #MovieReview : part two of the S. Craig Zahler collaboration with @themoviediorama. Our second watch was #BrawlInCellBlock99 ! Luke's review is live on his account and read on for mine!
Format: #4K #UltraHD #Bluray 💿
Synopsis: A former boxer-turned-drug runner lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets deadly.
'Brawl' is another hugely enjoyable film from Zahler. Like 'Bone Tomahawk', Zahler takes time setting up characters. Vaughn's Bradley is given near an hour of development before things start getting insane. That's likely to either be a huge plus for some people, or enough to make them lose interest. I'm in the former camp.
After we get there, we're treated to some pretty brutal displays of violence done so matter of factly that they're hugely confronting. It all comes off in the style of a grindhouse pic though, so you're left somewhere between wincing and grinning at the insanity on screen. You're always cheering for Bradley as he escalates things to protect his family.
I rate this slightly lower than Zahler's first effort, but it's a solid film. It's Zahler inching ever closer towards 'The Raid 2' territory, but with a decidedly 80's retro vibe. That's right in my wheelhouse.
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The digitally shot presentation looks good, but there isn't a significant improvement over the Blu-ray. Detail is marginally improved, as is compression. No HDR means that it looks largely similar. I'd recommend the UHD over the BD if the price is similar.
Like Bone Tomahawk, it's primarily a dialogue driven affair. Having said that, there are plenty of instances of bone crunching goodness. The soundtrack cuts are well mixed too. I find that Zahler's mixes sit in the same territory as Tarantino's, and that puts him in good company.
#MoofieMeter : 8/10.
Cast: #VinceVaughn , #JenniferCarpenter , #DonJohnson , #UdoKier , #MarcBlucas
Studio: #RLJEntertainment @rljefilms
Genre: #action , #crime , #thriller
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310th of 2019 - 5 hours ago