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Film review by James LaFond

The middle-class counterpart to Vince Vaughn’s Brawl in Cell Block 99, is a nearly identical story save for the social class of the protagonist. Rather than a doomed working class man, slated for extinction based on uncompromising ethics, the upscale hero played by Nikolaj Coster-Walau is doomed to fall into the abyss based on the racial politics of prison, which leave a white man doing time the choice of joining a white prison gang or getting raped...

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BobFebruary 4, 2018 1:32 AM UTC

For what it's worth, these are my picks of the cell-block genre.

"Un prophète" for a realistic look at the shifting racial power blocs - North African Muslims versus Corsicans - in prison in France. Good on the internal factional politics.

and the Spanish "Celda 211" (sorry, can't find the full version free)
ShepJanuary 28, 2018 8:43 PM UTC

The trailer looks GOOD!

By the way, I think that Orientals should avoid seeing the last few minutes of Brawl in Cell Block 99.

Why? you ask.

Because—wait for it—they're always concerned about "saving face".

Thank you very much! I'll be in town all week. Don't forget to tip your waitress!