Brawl in Cell Block 99. 2017. USA. Directed by S. Craig Zahler. With Don Johnson, Udo Keir, Fred Malamed. DCP. 132 min.
Like his 2015 debut feature, the shock Western Bone Tomahawk, S. Craig Zahler’s Brawl in Cell Block 99 bends an established genre framework—in this case, the prison picture—toward violent, gothic fantasy, within a strictly classical visual style. Vince Vaughn stars as a reluctant drug runner who descends through several circles of penitential hell as he fights to save his wife (Jennifer Carpenter) and unborn child from the hands of a vicious gangster.