The third feature from Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99 director S
Craig Zahler, Dragged Across Concrete stars Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn as
two hardened detectives Brett Ridgeman (Gibson) and Anthony Lurasetti
When both are suspended after using excessive force on a prisoner they
hatch a plan to make themselves some money, Ridgemen’s wife has multiple
sclerosis and soaring medical bills whilst Lurasetti is looking to buy
and engagement ring so that he can propose to his girlfriend. The plan
involves the pair stealing the money from a robbery that they have received
information is going to happen in a local bank.
Extremely talky and brutal (if you’ve seen the directors other two movies
you’ll know what to expect) in nature, a large proportion of the almost 3
hour running time involves Ridgeman and Lurasetti chewing the fat whilst
sitting in the seat of their police vehicle.
Dragged Across Concrete has a good movie buried somewhere inside its
bloated running time, if only the director had known when to shout cut we
might have had a movie worth recommending. As it is it has to go down as
something of a disappointment.