Dragged Across Concrete
|Dragged Across Concrete|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||S. Craig Zahler|
|Written by||S. Craig Zahler|
|Music by||Jeff Herriott|
S. Craig Zahler
|Edited by||Greg D'Auria|
|Distributed by||Summit Entertainment|
Dragged Across Concrete is a 2018 American neo-noir crime thriller film written and directed by S. Craig Zahler. The film features an ensemble cast including Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Tory Kittles, Michael Jai White, Jennifer Carpenter, Laurie Holden, Fred Melamed, Udo Kier, Thomas Kretschmann, and Don Johnson. It premiered at the 75th Venice International Film Festival on September 3, 2018, and received a limited theatrical and video-on-demand simultaneous release from Summit Entertainment on March 22, 2019.
Brett Ridgeman and Anthony Lurasetti are a pair of police officers working the urban beat in the city of Bulwark. During a drug bust, the older, more volatile Ridgeman becomes unnecessarily rough with a suspect, using his foot to jam the man's face into a fire escape. They also pour cold water on and mock the suspect's partially-deaf girlfriend. The former act is caught on video, and the two men are called before their superior, Lt. Calvert. Although Ridgeman asks that Lurasetti be spared from any sort of reprisal, Calvert is forced to suspend both men without pay in order to appease the media. With Ridgeman's wife unable to work due to illness and Lurasetti preparing to propose to his fiancee, the men resolve to use the criminal connections they have developed through their time in law enforcement to make cash that will sustain them until their suspensions are lifted. Through Friedrich, a wealthy businessman and criminal associate who owes him a favor, Ridgeman gets a lead on a score from Lorentz Vogelmann.
Meanwhile, recently released ex-con Henry Johns, hoping to finance better opportunities for his drug-addicted, prostitute mother and his bright but wheelchair-bound little brother, joins up with his childhood friend Biscuit for a mysterious but lucrative job. Their employer turns out to be Vogelmann, who uses them as getaway drivers and lookouts for a bank robbery. Ridgeman and Lurasetti tail Vogelmann's crew, quickly identifying the telltale signs of a bank robbery; though Lurasetti considers calling the robbery in, Ridgeman convinces him to allow them to carry out the job before robbing them in turn.
Holding up the bank for a score of gold bullion, Vogelmann and his cronies sadistically execute several employees, including Kelly Summer, a teller on her first day back from maternity leave. The brutality does not sit well with Henry and Biscuit, who realize they are likely expendable to Vogelmann. Lurasetti is also wracked with guilt over his and Ridgeman's inaction as they tail the robbers to a rendezvous point in the countryside.
As the bank robbers arrive at their checkpoint, Henry and Biscuit turn on them, leading to a shootout in which Biscuit is killed, one of Vogelmann's henchmen is wounded, and Henry escapes. Ridgeman and Lurasetti arrive, and an extended standoff with the bank robbers ensues. Vogelmann blackmails his hostage by threatening her family, having her crawl to the off-duty cops and shoot Lurasetti when his guard is down. Ridgeman kills the hostage, and a dying Lurasetti listens to a voicemail from his girlfriend in which she refused his marriage proposal. Ridgeman single-handedly finishes off Vogelmann and his crew, but is ambushed by Henry, who recorded a video of Ridgeman killing the hostage as blackmail material. After a brief physical altercation, the two call a truce, agreeing to clean up the crime scene together, bury their friends and split the gold. They cooperate, and the job is nearly done when Ridgeman pulls a gun on Henry, demanding he delete the video he recorded despite Henry's insistence that his word is good. Panicked, Henry pulls his own gun and shoots Ridgeman in self-defense. Henry chastises a dying Ridgeman over the amount of his cut, but assures him that Ridgeman's family will be taken care of regardless.
Nearly a year later, Henry is shown living in a lavish mansion with his mother and brother. Ridgeman's wife and daughter receive a package in the mail, sent by Henry, consisting of a cigar box containing gold bullion.
- Mel Gibson as Brett Ridgeman
- Vince Vaughn as Anthony Lurasetti
- Tory Kittles as Henry Johns
- Michael Jai White as Biscuit
- Jennifer Carpenter as Kelly Summer
- Laurie Holden as Melanie Ridgeman
- Fred Melamed as Mr. Edmington
- Udo Kier as Friedrich
- Tattiawna Jones as Denise
- Justine Warrington as Cheryl
- Jordyn Ashley Olson as Sara Ridgeman
- Liannet Borrego as Rosalinda
- Myles Truitt as Ethan Johns
- Vanessa Bell Calloway as Jennifer Johns
- Noel G as Vasquez
- Primo Allon as Black Gloves
- Matthew MacCaull as Grey Gloves
- Thomas Kretschmann as Lorentz Vogelmann
- Don Johnson as Chief Lt. Calvert
- Richard Newman as Feinbaum
On February 1, 2017, S. Craig Zahler was signed to direct Dragged Across Concrete from a screenplay he had written. A film about police brutality, it would star Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn, who had previously worked together in the 2016 film Hacksaw Ridge. Keith Kjarval of Unified Pictures produced the film along with Zahler and Dallas Sonnier of Cinestate, Assemble Media's Jack Heller, and Sefton Fincham of Look to the Sky Films, with Kjarval's Unified Film Fund financing. In May 2017, Lionsgate acquired the US distribution rights to the film, and would release it through its subsidiary, Summit Entertainment. Principal photography on the film began on July 17, 2017 in Vancouver.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Dragged Across Concrete holds an approval rating of 73% based on 117 reviews, with an average rating of 6.69/10. The website's consensus reads, "As grim and grinding as its title, Dragged Across Concrete opts for slow-burning drama instead of high-speed thrills -- and has just the right cast to make it work." On Metacritic, the film has an average score of 60 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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