Dragged Across Concrete | Salt Lake City Weekly
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  Rated R · 159 minutes · 2019

Crime drama
There’s some slippery ground in trying to grasp the philosophy behind S. Craig Zahler’s movies, but there’s no questioning the talent behind them. His new feature heads into the same grim exploitation-cinema territory as Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99, as cops Ridgeman (Mel Gibson) and Lurasetti (Vince Vaughn)—who have been suspended for excessive force—attempt to score some off-the-books cash by disrupting a criminal operation. Multiple subplots weave their way in and out of what is essentially a classic heist-gone-bad narrative, offering plenty of room for Zahler to showcase his estimable talents for disturbing violence. And he fills his movie with tart dialogue and strong performances, including Gibson in the familiar role of a guy whose career might be ended by getting caught in a recording being a racist. There are always excesses in Zahler joint—a single tear is more effective at creating sympathy for one doomed character than a lengthy set-up is for another—and it’s not easy at first figuring who the “lions” are in one recurring metaphor. Who you see as the alpha predators here will go a long way towards determining your comfort level with Zahler’s gift for grit.
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Official Site: www.lionsgate.com/movies/dragged-across-concrete
Director: S. Zahler
Producer: Sefton Fincham, Jack Heller, Tyler Jackson, Keith Kjarval, Dallas Sonnier, Dean Buchanan, Shafin Diamond, Wayne Godfrey, C. Goldstein, Justin Jacobson and Larry Olmstead
Cast: Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Laurie Holden, Don Johnson, Michael White, Udo Kier and Thomas Kretschmann

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