A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
Bradley Thomas is a hard working man. After his wife's extramarital affair they admit the spark isn't there anymore and decide to have a baby. After being fired from his job, he turns to his friend who hires him as a drug dealer. A trade goes bad and he ends up in prison, the only problem is that a gang has kidnapped his wife and they will do an experimental operation on the baby unless Thomas kills one of the inmates in cell block 99. Bradley will not stop at anything until his wife is safe again.Written by
During a Q & A at TIFF, the producers commented that the destruction of the car was done by Vince Vaughn. The car parts were real and were set up in a way that Vaughn wouldn't hurt himself badly. See more »
When Bradley is lying on the floor after the first assault on correctional officers, his head changes from lying on his shoulder to lying directly on the concrete floor, between the time a guard is directed to "administer justice" until the guard steps on Bradley's head. See more »
A cut version was prepared for broadcast purposes in the UK. 44 seconds of "stronger, sadistic violence and injury detail" were removed to secure a 15 certificate. According to the BBFC, it reduces the level and detail of violence across the two climactic sequences and removes an earlier arm break. The theatrical and video releases are uncut with an 18 certificate. See more »
S. Craig Zahler is proving himself to be a director worth paying attention to. I became a fan after seeing Bone Tomahawk, and have read several of his novels including Mean Business on North Ganson Street and Wraiths of the Broken Land. Also, his incredible un-produced screenplay The Brigands of Rattleborge.
BRAWL is very similar to Bone Tomahawk in terms of pacing, story structure and tone. A slow descent into a hellish situation.
I don't agree with people who say he is a "second-rate Tarantino." Tarantino does homage. Even Robert Rodriguez, in his attempts to do exploitation films, call too much attention to themselves and end up bordering on spoof, whereas BRAWL just simply is an exploitation film.
Perhaps some of Zahler's dialogue works better on the page than spoken, but I still think he is a great writer.
The low-key style of the film, with the every-man type of character Vaughn plays who gets mixed up in a serious situation makes this movie seem like a combination of Nicolas Winding Refn's PUSHER II and Cassavettes' KILLING OF A Chinese BOOKIE.
There are even some subtle hints of ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13.
My only real gripes are that some of the dialogue exchanges are kind of stilted, and the staging of characters in some scenes seems too stiff and unnatural.
I like that the themes, such as privatization of prisons, are beneath the surface and not drilled into the audiences' head.
Its not a perfect movie, I hope Zahler continues to branch out but its a cool throwback movie that isn't trying to play it safe or cater to a wide audience and knows what type of movie it wants to be.
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