Mel Gibson Is A Cop For the Movie Dragged Across Concrete
Dragged across Concrete Starring Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn
Dragged across Concrete, a cop drama starring Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn as a pair of police officers pulling off a dangerous heist is not playing at a theater near you. Though it features two big-name actors, a familiar genre hook, and debuted at the Venice Film Festival last year, it didn’t receive a wide theatrical release; instead, it screened in select cities last month while also premiering on various VOD platforms.
Most viewers will likely encounter it on Amazon or iTunes, alongside any number of scuzzy, low-budget action movies that typically go unremarked upon by mainstream publications. And yet, Dragged Across Concretehas generated the type of press coverage, both positive and negative, commonly associated with a more high-profile film.
A good deal of that buzz can be attributed to the casting of Gibson, an actor with a history of domestic violence allegations and using racist language, as Officer Brett Ridgeman, a racist cop accused of using excessive force on the job.
Gibson’s mere presence is an inevitable conversation-starter and a reason for many to avoid the film. At the same time, a good deal of the controversy can be credited to the movie’s writer and director.
Dragged across Concrete is it a cop Story?
In almost every respect, Dragged across Concrete finds Zahler doubling-down on the elements that have turned him into a headline-generating, headache-inducing filmmaker. At 159 minutes, it’s his longest feature, and while it tones down the blood-and-guts gore effects of his past work,
It toys with the rhythms of the police procedural, particularly the talky stake-outs and tense shoot-outs, to rework the crime movie in his slightly surreal, novelistic style. Like Sam Peckinpah or Elmore Leonard.
Zahler is fond of shaggy digressions that eventually fold back into the main plot and quiet exchanges that let his characters reveal their inner thoughts in private moments. Unsurprisingly, some of those thoughts can be loathsome.