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Dragged Across Concrete

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Very long, violent & talky -- but resonant -- crime drama.

Movie R 2019 159 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 16+

This title has:

Too much violence
age 18+

A cry for help from all involved

The adults only watched this movie. Do not let your kids anywhere near this film. The name is appropriate. It was such a violent pointless movie. I feel like I have road rash after this, but on my brain. And such a great cast. What even? You will not like any of the characters. The foreshadowing was incredibly transparent. They could have just wrote what would happen on the side of a bus and drove it through Main Street. You might have not seen it as easily. Hard to enjoy a movie when everyone sucks, there is so much gore, and the ending robs you of all hope for resolution/happiness. It was like the director was trying to be the next grotesque director of crime/violence/gore genre. Run away. Like seriously what did we even watch?

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (3 ):

This violent, hypnotically slow crime drama is fairly pedestrian in its use of overwritten dialogue and underlit settings, but it's also more bracingly dangerous than most other movies. Director S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99) specializes in vivid, graphic pulp, perhaps influenced by David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino, but his films have a hardness that comes from somewhere beyond Hollywood. Even his titles -- like Dragged Across Concrete -- are more descriptive than the soft, generic examples we tend to get today. Zahler also uses his monolithic running times to powerful advantage, spending long minutes introducing a character simply so that her death is more meaningful; she's more than just a random passerby.

Many of Zahler's scenes consist of back-and-forths with characters talking, while concerns like the untrustworthiness of the media and the creeping gentrification of health food stores drop into the dialogue like unwieldy boulders. Dragged Across Concrete is also one of those dark movies that makes you wonder why people can't just turn on an extra light here and there. Racism is handled bluntly but not dishonestly; an African-American character played by Tory Kittles is perhaps the smartest one in the room. Ultimately, the movie's very slowness and quietness make all the wrongdoing and violence resonate a great deal more; as it goes, we consider consequences more than in any normal film. Rather than blowing by in a sea of bullets and blood, this one stays with you.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 22, 2019
  • On DVD or streaming: April 30, 2019
  • Cast: Mel Gibson , Vince Vaughn , Tory Kittles
  • Director: S. Craig Zahler
  • Inclusion Information: Middle Eastern/North African actors
  • Studio: Summit Entertainment
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 159 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong violence, grisly images, language, and some sexuality/nudity
  • Last updated: August 31, 2023

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