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Rough Stuff

 Dragged Across Concrete
****
Rating: R

Run Time: 2 hours 39 minutes
Stars: Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Tory Kittles, Jennifer Carpenter
Writer/Director: S.Craig Zahler  


Two and a half hours-plus is a long time to spend in the company of two burned-out, racist cops who spend a good deal of that period sitting uncomfortably in their cruiser following crooks and sniping at each other like a too-long-married couple. But the cops in this case are played by Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn, actors who have made their careers chewing on the ironic nuances of film dialogue, and few screenwriters give their actors more conversational meat than writer/director S. Craig Zahler. 


We first meet Gibson and Vaughn's cops getting a little rough with a drug dealer. A viral video lands them on suspension without pay (Don Johnson makes an appearance as their by-the-book boss) and the embittered pair decide to make some extra dough shaking down a few crooks. It all goes horribly wrong, of course, as they stumble upon the most harrowing bank robbery you can imagine. A long cat-and-mouse sequence follows as the cops trail the robbers'  stolen armored truck from the city to a remote industrial site, where the final bloody blow-out erupts. 


Zahler is notorious for his graphically brutal films — Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99 are not to be enjoyed after a large dinner out, and neither is his latest, Dragged Across Concrete.  In fact, although no one actually gets dragged across concrete in this film, that would be pretty tame stuff compared to the machine gun executions, mass murders, casual killings, and disembowelment (post-mortem, thank goodness) that highlight the movie's set pieces. 


It would be easy to dismiss Zahler as a grindhouse hack if not for  (READ MORE)

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