Fantastic Fest 2017: Brawl in Cell Block 99
The second film by director S. Craig Zahler, after the western Bone Tomahawk , consolidates it as one of the new voices to follow in the panorama of genre cinema. will not be for the public, not only because of its explicit violence, but because its eventual plot adheres to the rules of a videogame - with the protagonist surpassing various "levels" - and feels close to the exploitation cinema of yesteryear.
Zahler, initially a novelist and screenwriter, has the patience and the pulse necessary to gradually develop the human background of afdah movies Brawl in Cell Block 99 . Zahler is not afraid to create the most tragic scenario possible for his protagonists: Bradley is sentenced to seven years in prison after a drug transaction that went out of control, thus leaving his pregnant wife alone. The relationship between Bradley and Lauren will never cease to be the key amid the hell that breaks out in and out of prison.
This is how Brawl in Cell Block 99 begins to do justice to its sharp title. It is not a huge action tape, but every fight has a very particular timing; Zahler lets the meetings flow between Bradley and the guards or the other prisoners, without an accelerated edition. If John Wick and his sequel are particularly memorable within violent cinema for afdah movie, Brawl in Cell Block 99 is for all those sequences of pure pain in which the bones are broken and the skulls are mercilessly destroyed. If to all this we add an unexpected humor and practical effects worthy of Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky(the aspect of the tape is totally deliberate), we have one of the most joyful film experiences of the year.
Brawl in Cell Block 99 premieres at New York and Los Angeles theaters on Friday, October 6; later on Friday, October 13, will be available on VOD and Digital HD.