Theatrical Reviews

Dragged Across Concrete Review

Dragged Across Concrete 1

Studio:
Studiocanal   

What’s It About?
Two beat cops are suspended after their uncompromising methods are caught on film, and as things get desperate, they turn to crime - with life-changing consequences.   

Who’s In It?
Mel Gibson (Braveheart, Lethal Weapon 1-4, & more recently Daddy’s Home Two)
Vince Vaughn (Swingers, Wedding Crashers, & more recently Brawl In Cell Block 99)   

Other notables include:
Tory Kittles (Sons Of Anarchy, True Detective, & more recently Colony)
Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter, Quarantine, & more recently Brawl In Cell Block 99)   

Director: S Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawke, Brawl In Cell Block 99)   

Audiences Expect:
After bursting onto the scene with his Western cannibal combo of Bone Tomahawke, director S Craig Zahler soon followed it up with the equally tense and somewhat gruesome prison drama Brawl In Cell Block 99.
Well, lead Vince Vaughn returns for the third outing, as the cop partner to a gristly Mel Gibson. Hardened cops, the pair get the job done, but they sure as hell don’t play by the rules and it is this aspect that gets that into trouble, when caught on social media. Inevitably they get suspended, and having never played the game, they are short on friends in high places.
As the lack of money starts to bite, the pair become involved in a bank heist in order to secure funds, in Gibson’s instance for a wife suffering from MS and a daughter forced to walk back through an insalubrious part of town. But inevitably things never work out the way they are supposed to.
As with his previous films, Dragged Across Concrete is a tense, gripping, pot boiler of a movie, and as with his previous films, it is infused with moments of terrifying violence. But somehow, unlike his other films, Concrete does start to drag in a few places, not helped by its weighty running time of 132mins, and despite plenty of zippy dialogue, one is still left not really knowing the characters intimately.    

In A Nutshell:
A tense slow-burn with some fine performances & explosive action pieces, but ironically it drags a little.   

Highlight:
Mel Gibson’s brooding on screen
The snappy dialogue   

Lowpoint:
The runtime


Certificate: 18

EDITOR’S CHOICE