Movie Details

Brawl In Cell Block 99

After getting laid off from his auto service job, former boxer Bradley returns to being a drug runner to provide a better life for his wife, Lauren. When a drug deal goes south, Bradley is sent to a prison, where he is then visited by a henchman who orders him to eliminate a particular inmate in another high-security prison at the expense of Lauren`s life. With no choice but to agree, Bradley must now find ways to get to the other prison and kill the inmate in question.

Genre: Action / Crime / Thriller
Running Time: NA
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson, Udo Kier
Director: S. Craig Zahler


Writer: Cinnamon Lion

Writer Ratings:

Watch this if you liked: “Bone Tomahawk”

The Good, the Bad and the Former Boxer:

• Vince Vaughn is not exactly someone you would think of when it comes to a heavy-themed movie as he is more known for his comedies and is usually ranked alongside comedic actors like Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller, but his performance in "Brawl in Cell Block 99" is so intimidating and refreshing that it makes up for all the bad movies he has ever been in.

• "Brawl in Cell Block 99" is a Grade-A dark thriller not suitable for the faint of heart. The film works so well not because of the bloody violence or heavy drama, rather it is due to Vaughn's poignant performance that is so different from his usual roles, it could become the staple for his most known role.

• Story-wise, the movie is a typical prison drama but the screenplay is amazingly solid and deep. The plot is very well thought out, the dialogues are short but powerful and sometimes a bit comical too, and the analysations of the characters are so meticulous.


• During a Q&A at the Toronto Film Festival, the producers revealed that the destruction of the car was done by Vince Vaughn himself, and the car parts were real and were set up in a way that Vaughn wouldn't hurt himself badly.

Cinema Online, 23 October 2017
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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