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The past couple of years have been pretty big for actor Vince Vaughn. Known for movies like Slackers and Wedding Crashers, he had been in a bit of a rut. Movies such as Delivery Man and The Internship, while financially successful, weren't as memorable as his past efforts. Despite critical acclaim, the second season of True Detective didn't blow up the way it did the year before. While that particular show fell short, it led to Vaughn's biggest break in ages: Hacksaw Ridge. As the bullying Sgt. Howell, Vaughn was perfectly cast as the sarcastic commanding officer. After making the award season rounds he looks to continue the streak with action-drama Brawl In Cell Block 99.

Starring Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) and Don Johnson (Miami Vice), Vaughn plays Bradley, a former boxer and auto mechanic. As his life begins to fall apart he sees no other option but to become a drug courier for an old friend. Riding high for a while, things quickly turn deadly when he is caught in a gunfight between the police and his allies. As one of the few survivors, Bradley is sent to prison. Surrounded by enemies and police, he is forced to commit heinous acts to survive.

Even though we have yet to see a trailer, we have recently gotten a poster for the film. Gritty and minimalist, it is unlike anything we have seen in a Vince Vaughn movie before.

'Brawl in Cell Block 99' [Credit: RLJE Films]
'Brawl in Cell Block 99' [Credit: RLJE Films]

Is This The Beginning Of A Vince Vaughn Renaissance?

This certainly wouldn't be the first time Vaughn has strayed from the frat pack-style comedy. Appearances in movies like The Cell and Domestic Disturbance have proved that he can do more serious roles. Even his turn as Norman Bates in Psycho, while miscast, showed a willingness to venture outside of his comfort zone. The key to Vaughn's more serious work seems to be who he works with, and Brawl in Cell Block 99 has the perfect director in S. Craig Zahler.

A cinematographer since 1995 and writer of Asylum Blackout, Zahler made his directorial debut with 2015's Bone Tomahawk. A rare horror-western, it dazzled critics and audiences alike with stellar performances, a slow-burning story and one of the gnarliest kills of the past decade.

Zahler made a major name for himself, and according to TIFF Midnight Madness programmer Peter Kuplowsky, Brawl in Cell Block 99 aligns itself with the cult classic Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky. With such high praise this Vince Vaughn film is definitely one movie to keep on your radar.

'Brawl in Cell Block 99' [Credit: RLJE Films]
'Brawl in Cell Block 99' [Credit: RLJE Films]

Brawl In Cell Block 99 hits theaters October 6 and On Demand and Digital HD October 13.

(Sources: Bloody Disgusting)


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