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Review: Mel Gibson & Vince Vaughn Star In S. Craig Zahler's Beautifully Bleak DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE - Movies In Focus
S. Craig Zahler is a singular voice in cinema, one who is willing to take pulp concepts and craft them into unflinchingly violent features. Bone Tomahawk and Brawl In Cell Block 99 have shown him to be a writer-director who knows how to use genre tropes as a starting point to deliver character rich dramas with brutal consequences and Dragged Across Concrete continues this trend. It’s a deeply nihilistic tale which adds grit and gravel to the buddy-cop picture. Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn are Ridgeman and Lurasetti, a pair of old school cops willing to bend the rules to breaking point in order to take criminals off the streets. They’re suspended without pay when caught on video roughing-up a suspect, but Ridgeman is desperate for cash to help his family move from their rough neighbourhood. They decide to use their skills to cross legal lines, something which takes them into a darker, more dangerous place than they ever contemplated. You know this won’t end well. Dragged Across Concrete plays-out like a cinematic novel. It’s a film with little digressions which expand on supporting characters, unveiling who they are so that we get to know them and understand them. A less [...]