The first trailer has finally arrived for Dragged Across Concrete, the latest film from standout filmmaker S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk, Brawl In Cell Block 99).
The film stars Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn, the latter of whom reunites with Zahler following his gritty turn in Brawl, as two suspended cops who enter the criminal underworld to get their dues. No surprises for guessing that things won’t be going their way.
Zahler’s a very interesting filmmaker. His previous two films, Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99, showcased an assured hand in character work, dialogue, measured pacing and a giddy embrace ultra-violent (although sporadic) excess. They weren’t easy films to digest, but they were well crafted and marked Zahler as a fascinating auteur. Alas, this may be his first film that’s… okay.
“Dragged Across Concrete is slow and without much purpose, running to a whopping 159 minutes, and boy does it feel like it,” our writer Adam Fleet – a big Zahler fan – wrote in his review. “There’s also nothing here to suggest Zahler isn’t still the exciting and essential filmmaker we know him to be, but the sluggish beginnings and ambiguous politics are harder problems to recover.”
The trailer below could’ve been better, too. It’s a little awkwardly cut up; both the tone and plot are blurry. Still, I’m personally pumped to see what’s on offer here, and very keen on the idea of a corrupt cop thriller with Gibson and Vaughn. Great supporting cast, too.
Dragged Across Concrete, also starring Tory Kittles, Michael Jai White, Jennifer Carpenter, and Laurie Holden, will be opening in the US on March 22 and arriving in Australia on August 29.
Lionsgate’s synopsis for Dragged Across Concrete:
DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE follows two police detectives who find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics is leaked to the media. With little money and no options, the embittered policemen descend into the criminal underworld and find more than they wanted waiting in the shadows.