Jennifer Carpenter

Vince Vaughn breaks free of expectations in the riveting prison thriller 'Brawl in Cell Block 99'

Vince Vaughn breaks free of expectations in the riveting prison thriller 'Brawl in Cell Block 99'

If novelty’s your thing — and hell, even if it isn’t — then you should probably buy a ticket to “Brawl in Cell Block 99,” a veritable feast of images you don’t see every day: heads being divested of faces, necks and limbs getting crushed under foot, Vince Vaughn giving a master class in self-restraint.

But if forced to single out the most original moment, I’d point to a sequence barely five minutes in, not long after Vaughn’s character — a 6-foot-5 human refrigerator named Bradley Thomas — gets laid off from his auto-mechanic job and returns home to find that his wife, Lauren (Jennifer Carpenter), is having an affair.

One look at Bradley’s strongman physique and bald,...

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