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Mel Gibsonís New Police Brutality Movie Is a Vile, Racist Right-Wing Fantasy
Daily Beast ^ | 09/03/18 | Marlow Stern

Posted on 09/09/2018 2:05:49 PM PDT by Drew68

VENICE, Italy—Two years ago, the Venice Film Festival hosted the world premiere of Hacksaw Ridge, a World War II drama directed by Mel Gibson. The film marked Gibson’s first turn behind the camera in a decade, since he’d drunkenly slurred “the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world,” pleaded guilty to battering his then-partner Oksana Grigorieva, and was caught on audio saying she was “asking” to be “raped by a pack of n****rs.” Despite never demonstrating much in the way of genuine contrition, he was treated to a prolonged standing ovation on the Lido—the opening salvo of a “comeback tour” replete with rave reviews, a $175 million box office gross, and six Academy Award nominations. This f**k you attitude, coupled with a rich history of racism, misogyny and homophobia, has elevated Gibson to folk-hero status among the far-right. He is their Oprah.

And they’re going to be very happy with his new film.

Making its world premiere in Venice, Dragged Across Concrete’s premise is as follows: a pair of detectives, Brett Ridgeman (Mel Gibson) and Anthony Lurasetti (Vince Vaughn) are caught on tape applying excessive force to a Hispanic prisoner in handcuffs, in the form of Ridgeman grinding his boot into the man’s neck until it emits a cracking sound. (During the bust, Ridgeman and Lurasetti also mock a scared, naked Latina suspect, claiming they can’t understand what she’s saying due to her accent. Both scenes are played for laughs.) With the tape destined to go viral, Ridgeman and Lurasetti are suspended for six weeks without pay, though the chief of police (Don Johnson) is sympathetic to their plight, delivering a rambling sermon about how being branded a “racist” today is akin to getting labeled a “communist” in the 1950s—or, to quote the president, this is a WITCH HUNT! and these two violent cops are the real victims.

Though a six-week suspension seems like a mild punishment, especially considering this is the third time Ridgeman’s been busted for using excessive force, he is in desperate need of cash. You see, his wife Melanie (Laurie Holden) has MS and his daughter is bullied by black kids on her four-block trek to school. Worried that those same black kids will rape their daughter once she matures, they vow to move to a better neighborhood (presumably one with less black people). “I never thought I was a racist until living in this area,” Melanie says, her husband nodding in agreement. So Ridgeman cooks up a plan to rob an out-of-town crook, and ropes in Lurasetti with a Forgotten Man spiel: “I don’t politick and I don’t change with the times,” he explains, lamenting how that matters more in today’s world than “good, honest work.”

Things don’t go as planned, of course.

Dragged Across Concrete is written and directed by S. Craig Zahler, whose previous film, Brawl in Cell Block 99, also bowed in Venice. Unlike Brawl, a slick work of poetic brutality about a hard-on-his-luck pugilist (Vaughn) who’s forced to smash in skulls to save his pregnant wife, Zahler’s latest is a cold-blooded saga that revels in the violence it inflicts on women and minorities, in particular. Its two most sadistic scenes consist of a newly-minted mom whose fingers and face are shredded off with a machine gun, and a black man (Michael Jai White’s Biscuit) who is graphically disemboweled in order to retrieve a swallowed key. After removing his heart and intestines, a white henchman warns another not to puncture his liver because “it stinks… black guys especially.”

There’s a lot more objectionable nonsense in this film, from Gibson and Vaughn’s characters prattling on about how gender lines have been erased, to a black character (Tory Kittles’ Henry Johns) whose grammar is constantly corrected by the white men around him, to a black woman who rails against her “cock-sucking faggot” of a husband for leaving her for another man. Defenders of Dragged will argue that its general sense of nihilism—or its ending—will justify such hate. They’ll be wrong. This is one ugly film. And at 158 minutes, with a script that shoehorns words like “assuage” and “lament” into its tough-guy banter, it’s a chore to get through.

“I’m not chasing the biggest audience and I’m comfortable with losing some of them. There are obviously remarks that are throwaway jokes and there are lines that aren’t politically correct,” offered Zahler at a press conference for the film. “There are lines that will get people to hate me, and that is your right to do so.”


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I'll be LMAO if this vile, racist, right-wing fantasy turns out to be a hit, --if it even gets released. It appears that the U.S. release date is TBD and I can't even find a trailer for it.

I wouldn't be surprised if the studios are dragging their feet on releasing it, afraid that a "vile, racist, right-wing" hit film might be exactly what happens

1 posted on 09/09/2018 2:05:49 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68

There could be no higher endorsement from the racial-entrepreneurial class!


2 posted on 09/09/2018 2:09:18 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (<img src="http://i.imgur.com/WukZwJP.gif"> zXSEP5Z, Audt7QO. xnKL3lW, RZ9yuyQ. XywCCJd, zQ9Ghyq.)
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To: Drew68

I know Zahler. He’s an awesome guy. Dont want to get into details on FR or he’ll be outed..


3 posted on 09/09/2018 2:09:46 PM PDT by max americana (Fired libtard employees 9 consecutive times at every election since 08'. I hope all liberals die.)
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To: Drew68

He’s been on Left’s crosshairs since “The Passion”.


4 posted on 09/09/2018 2:10:53 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder
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To: Drew68

Seems to me Gibson is just relating what leftists say is actual reality these days. Why would they complain about that?


5 posted on 09/09/2018 2:11:58 PM PDT by Twotone
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To: Drew68

Get the Gringo was pretty good, although under-appreciated at the box office. I hope this does better, box office-wise.


6 posted on 09/09/2018 2:12:05 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (They can have my pitbull when they pry his cold dead jaws off my ass.)
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To: Drew68

I’m in.


7 posted on 09/09/2018 2:12:26 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Drew68

I’d be glad to watch it on PPV.


8 posted on 09/09/2018 2:13:06 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: Drew68

Hmm...not exactly a review out of a Stanley Kauffmann/Andrew Sarris/Janet Maslin...

Not that I’ll be going anyway.


9 posted on 09/09/2018 2:14:36 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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a black woman who rails against her “cock-sucking faggot” of a husband

She ought not talk about Q-Anon like that!

10 posted on 09/09/2018 2:15:49 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Drew68
Gibson is likely going to hit upon the truth with this depiction which will make the liberal revisionists and race baiters head's spin. The critics will scream “racism” until the MSM publishes real incidents by the dozens to confirm the truth.
11 posted on 09/09/2018 2:16:01 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Zhang Fei
Get the Gringo was pretty good, although under-appreciated at the box office. I hope this does better, box office-wise.

"Get The Gringo" wasn't theatrically-released in the U.S. It came out when Gibson was in the doghouse and went straight to video-on-demand.

12 posted on 09/09/2018 2:17:38 PM PDT by Drew68
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Doesn’t sound interesting...


13 posted on 09/09/2018 2:18:03 PM PDT by Vendome (I've Gotta Be Me https://youtu.be/wH-pk2vZGw2M)
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To: Drew68

The author/dork

14 posted on 09/09/2018 2:19:23 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Drew68

Mel Gibson didn’t batter anyone.


15 posted on 09/09/2018 2:19:24 PM PDT by Architect of Avalon
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“He is their Oprah.” Absurd. They really don’t know anything about us.


16 posted on 09/09/2018 2:20:20 PM PDT by youngidiot (Trumped up charges!!!!)
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To: max americana

Vince Vaughn is in Langers Deli almost as much as me


17 posted on 09/09/2018 2:21:03 PM PDT by atc23 (M*NKEY - there, I said it!)
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To: Drew68

Based on the descriptions in the article I don’t understand this movie and certainly won’t pay to see it. WTH?


18 posted on 09/09/2018 2:21:30 PM PDT by Williams (Stop tolerating the intolerant.)
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To: Drew68

Sounds like “Fargo,” where no one is a good guy, except for maybe one chick cop. There might be some good one-liners, though.


19 posted on 09/09/2018 2:21:39 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Drew68

If the article is accurate, it looks like a leftist dream propaganda film, so I’m a little stumped, here. Why would I want to see a movie that portrays cops as THAT evil, and more importantly, why would Gibson MAKE a movie showing that? I’m guessing that either the author of this piece, is leaving out a huge chunk of relevant material, here, or Gibson’s trying to suck up to Hollywood; I’m inclined to go with the former.


20 posted on 09/09/2018 2:21:57 PM PDT by Flaming Conservative ((Pray without ceasing))
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