Dragged Across Concrete features police partners who are recently suspended for assaulting someone on camera. Without payment while they are suspended they decide to try and earn some easy money. However, while entering this criminal underworld they have to face much tougher obstacles than they ever anticipated.
The film features Mel Gibson as Brett Ridgeman and Vince Vaughn as Anthony Lurasetti. They are police partners in this film and I thought that they both did a pretty terrific job. Mel Gibson’s character is more of the “bad cop” as he is constantly pushing the boundaries to morality. Vince Vaughn’s characters is more along for the ride and he has many more ethical questions to what they are doing throughout the movie. Both of them really delivered realistic performances as at times you really understood why they were doing what they were doing. There were several times in the film where it was just them talking for about 5 minutes straight, and while those sequences are usually boring, they delivered it in a way that still made it entertaining. The other main character in the film was Henry Johns played by Tory Kittles. He isn’t as featured in the movie, however his character has major importance as he becomes more prominent towards the end. I wish his character could have been given more time on the screen, but for what he was given he did a good job.
The main element that I enjoyed about Dragged Across Concrete was just how well it was shot. The cinematography was absolutely amazing as each scene was crafted with great detail and care. Towards the end of the film there are some really cool sequences where it was just filmed amazingly. Another major positive of this film was that it didn’t really try to be like other movies. Sure, it used a plot that we have mainly seen before, however it took it in different directions and it wasn’t afraid to go even darker than usual. I like how serious the film took itself and it made for a very realistic story. The last hour or so of the movie was also expertly done. It gradually added more action and violence until the ending which I very much enjoyed.
The main element that I disliked about this movie was the length. At 2 hours and 39 minutes there were obviously some sequences that became boring. While I didn’t feel like it was outrageously too long, I still think that there could have been at least 15 minutes taken out. There were so many sequences of them just sitting there for over 20 seconds and those scenes could have definitely been cut down.
In the end, I had a pretty good time with Dragged Across Concrete. Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn definitely work well together as police partners. The movie was a little too long, but I would still recommend that you see it.
Rating- 8 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness.
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