The first trailer for S. Craig Zahler’s Dragged Across Concrete just dropped, and it is all kinds of old-school nostalgia. There’s something to be said for a good old fashion buddy cop action. Seeing Mel Gibson, aged and moustached like Wyatt Earp trapped within a crime film noir, bantering with an imposing Vince Vaughn harkens back to a simpler time of movie going.
The trailer’s opening few moments show Vince Vaughn eating a sandwich with slow delight while Mel Gibson looks on with contempt. It’s such a great example of Zahler’s awareness, and nuanced sensibility. After all, Gibson is no stranger to buddy cop films. Mr. Martin Riggs himself is now the aged cop who seems to now be “too old for this shit”. This back and forth with Vaughan, coupled by individual character moments gives the trailer it’s fresh feel along with a visual aesthetic that looks lived in – not polished. Equally, this is not your daddy’s Lethal Weapon and Gibson & Vaughn are not a new Riggs & Murtaugh. Here in Dragged Across Concrete, the cops are good at being bad, and hit the pavement to use the same skills as their criminal counterparts. Needless to say, worlds collide and the concrete streets become a place of violence and retribution.
Having already written and directed Bone Tomahawk (2015) and Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017), S Craig Zahler is quickly becoming one of this generation’s most compelling filmmakers. Not overly concerned with studio glamour, acutely aware of genre, Zahler excels at compelling character studies within spaces audiences are already familiar with, while simultaneously subverting comfort and expectation.
Premiering at the 2018 Venice Film Festival with considerable critical acclaim, Dragged Across Concrete finally arrives in theatres from Lionsgate on March 22, 2019. The film also stars Tory Kittles (TV’s Colony), Michael Jai White (Black Dynamite), Jennifer Carpenter (Brawl in Cell Block 99) and Don Johnson (Django Unchained).
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