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Vince Vaughn was awesome! Bit gory but just around the edges. He is totally in this characters head. This is real grindhouse style without the cartoon overthetop stuff. This is one of my new favorite films and it will be a classic one day I'm sure. Thanks for the film Amazon good job. Adam Adiment Top Contributor: The basic plot is that Vince Vaughn is a loser who finally decides to break bad and run drugs to get his respect back and his wife.
Unfortunately for him, he's got a moral compass and when a bunch of cops come under fire from 2 of the other runners he's working with, he goes full Bruce Willis in Die Hard and stops the shoot out. It lands him in jail. If it wasn't bad enough, Udo Kier meets him in jail and tells him that some very, very heinous things will happen to his pregnant wife unless he gets to Cell Block 99 to kill a man.
The rest of the movie is series of set pieces as Vaughn punches faces and breaks arms to be considered awful enough to be placed in the dungeon block that is apparently Cell Block In one of the funnier moments of the movie, it turns out Cell Block 99 is an actual dungeon.
The movie runs on goofy over the top reveals like this. The movie is far far removed from reality but plays it all in the most straight faced way with the driest of humor that you'd almost think they were dead serious. Director S Craig Zahler pulls off quite the trick here. It's ridiculous but done in such a way that you don't realize it until after the fact. He tricks you into the story in a lot of ways. The only other director that did stuff like this was John Carpenter. He's a genuine talent that has his own unique spins to stuff. I think a lot of people focus on the gore in this and his previous film Bone Tomahawk.
The interesting bit is that his movies, all 2 of them, seem mostly concerned with what it is to be a man. It's men dying hard on principle whether it's deserved or not. So there's a bit of Peckinpah, a bit of John Carpenter, a lot of suffering saint themes in this movie and his previous work. It makes him pretty unique in a world of Paul Fiegs, Judd Aptows, and most other current name directors who can't wait to tell you you're awful and toxic masculinity.
They're distinctly apolitical, which in the current immature climate makes you pretty political on accident. Basically, the guy is smart and targeting a now ignored niche. The movie is surprisingly cheap and more than worth seeing. The Amazon video service worked really well as usual too. The HD version that I purchased played well with no buffering issues or any other problems that I've experienced with other streaming services.
So, it's a good movie and a good format. A completely original gut-punch of a movie. A workplace displays a poster of a woman in a skimpy bikini pouring a liquid down her chest.
A prostitute seems to offer Bradley sex in exchange for a sample of his drugs. A man says that a woman has "a nice set. But by the halfway point, the intensity and sheer volume of blood and guts, shootings, beatings, and loudly-crushed skulls more than one! Unlike horror movies, where implausible plots lessen the impact of their violence, here the impact is exaggerated by the realist subject matter. This is significant as it relates to appropriateness for teens. Drug dealers are the main characters.
Expect to hear "f--k," "s--t," the "N" word," and "piss. Add your rating See all 1 parent review. Caught by the police and honorably refusing to turn on his boss, Gil Marc Blucas , he admits his wrong and leaves his pregnant wife Lauren Jennifer Carpenter to spend seven years in a minimum-security prison. Almost immediately, he's informed by a visitor that his wife has been kidnapped by Eliezar's minions. If he doesn't comply, an "abortionist" will remove the limbs of the fetus still inside Lauren's womb and those limbs will be sent to Bradley in jail.
Lickety-split, Bradley violently attacks several guards and, hocus pocus, he is transferred to Redleaf in a miraculous flash. There the warden Don Johnson escorts him to a filthy chamber with a non-working toilet filled with excrement. Oops, wrong cell block. Once in 99, the darkly medieval sector of the facility, he finds that no such enemy is incarcerated but that he's been set up by Eliezar, a prisoner there, and the warden.
Ultimately, Bradley bludgeons his way to a kind of justice, saving his wife and receiving his own comeuppance. Vaughn's shaved head, featuring a cross tattoo, matches his grim, unflinching facial expression. In any case, this is not for the faint-hearted. Only true worshippers of violent fare will be able to watch scenes that verge on the horror genre.
Families can talk about how violence is used in the movie. Many of the hand-to-hand fight scenes are clumsily choreographed. Do you think the filmmakers did this on purpose to make the violence less affecting, or do you think they just did a bad job of creating plausible fights? Bradley seems like a man who is both loyal and gentle with his wife, but more than willing to use violence when he thinks it will be useful. How do these traits make him come across?
How do you think the movie addresses fairness in life? How is Bradley treated unfairly? How is he treated fairly? Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners. See how we rate. Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase.
Thank you for your support. Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. Prisoner also known as Prisoner: Cell Block H in the United Kingdom and United States and Caged Women in Canada , is an Australian soap opera set in a fiction women's minimum-security prison, called Wentworth Detention Centre, which was located in the fictitious Melbourne suburb of Wentworth The mention of Wentworth as a municipality was first given in episode , when Lizzie Birdsworth Sheila Florance found a book on the Wentworth area.
Other notable places that carry the name in this series included Wentworth General Hospital.
The change of title for overseas broadcasts was brought about by a copyright injunction through television production company ITC Entertainment , who thought the title was too similar to their program entitled The Prisoner. The series, produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation , was filmed both in studio and on location.
It aired on Network Ten , which broadcast episodes between February 27, and December 11, Originally, it was planned as a part stand-alone series.
The show was viewed in numerous countries. In the United Kingdom , it was shown twice in its entirety, first from on ITV and again from on Channel 5. The show has launched various spin-offs, including a stage play and tie-in novels. The show was inspired by the British television drama Within These Walls. Prisoner was "re-imagined" on Foxtel in a new version, Wentworth. Initially conceived as a episode series, the working title of the pilot episode was "Women Behind Bars". When the initial episodes met an enthusiastic reception, it was felt that Prisoner could be developed into an ongoing soap opera.
The early storylines were developed and expanded, with assistance from the Corrective Services Department. The show's themes, often radical , included feminism, homosexuality and social reform. Prisoner began in early with the advertising slogan, "If you think prison is hell for a man, imagine what it's like for a woman". The series examined how women dealt with incarceration and separation from their families, and the common phenomenon of released inmates re-offending.
Within the prison, major themes were interpersonal relationships, power struggles, friendships and rivalries.
Several lesbian characters appeared on the show, including prisoner Franky Doyle, played by Carol Burns. Characters and story exposition were often ' retconned ' in order to expand potential storylines.
For this reason, I find it hard to believe that the warden would not have done a better job of keeping the press at bay, instead of allowing photo opportunities with the convicts. Unlike horror movies, where implausible plots lessen the impact of their violence, here the impact is exaggerated by the realist subject matter. Tabitha marked it as to-read Aug 30, Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. I don't know if I'll ever be able to look at her the same again. Both "Peta" and "Peita" are used in other television programs, movies, and magazine articles.
Initially there was a men's prison "next door" to Wentworth, but it was never mentioned again after the early episodes. Barnhurst was originally a co-ed prison, soon becoming a women's facility. Its security status varied considerably with it being described as an 'open prison farm' by the end of the run; although it was often described as "low-security", serial murderers Bea Smith and Marie Winter were housed there for long periods.
Although Blackmoor Prison was initially described as a brand new, state-of-the-art maximum-security prison, it was depicted as a Victorian-era workhouse when finally seen.
Wentworth was variously described as either new or built during World War II , with aged infrastructure. During the show's run, several recurring characters were played by multiple actresses and actors.
Travers was charged with murdering her husband in self-defence her flashback featured a shower scene that was a nod to Alfred Hitchcock 's classic Psycho , whilst Warner insisted she was innocent despite her conviction for the abduction and attempted murder of a child. Both women were sent to the prison's maximum-security wing H Block , where they were horrified by their new surroundings. Karen, confronted with a former lover—prison doctor Greg Miller Barry Quin —was sexually harassed by violent lesbian cellmate Franky Doyle Carol Burns.
Lynn was ostracised by the other prisoners because of her crime prisoners are known for their intolerance of offenders against children and terrorised by Bea Smith Val Lehman , who burnt her hand in the laundry's steam press in one of the series' most iconic early scenes. Other, less volatile prisoners included elderly, garden-loving Jeanette "Mum" Brooks Mary Ward ; who was incarcerated for the euthanasia of her husband who had terminal cancer, teddy-clutching misfit and childlike Doreen Anderson Colette Mann , alcoholic former cook recidivist Lizzie Birdsworth Sheila Florance , who apparently poisoned a group of shearers and seductive prostitute Marilyn Mason Margaret Laurence , who seduced prison electrician Eddie Cook Richard Moir.
The prison officers or "screws", as the prisoners call them included firm-but-fair well-heeled governor Erica "Davo" Davidson Patsy King ; dour deputy governor Vera Bennett Fiona Spence , who was always wanting to become Governor and was nicknamed by Franky "Vinegar Tits"; and firm but compassionate senior officer Meg Jackson later Morris Elspeth Ballantyne. Early episodes featured a high level of violence: Lynn Warner's press burning; a prisoner hanging herself in her cell; unrequited lesbian love; a fatal stabbing, and a flashback sequence inspired by which Karen Travers stabbed her abusive husband to death in the shower.
The series' first major story arc was the turf war between Bea and Franky, in a bid to become the prison's "Top Dog" unofficial leader , culminating by Episode 3 in a riot where Meg was held hostage and her husband—prison social worker Bill Jackson Don Barker —was stabbed to death by inmate Chrissie Latham Amanda Muggleton.
Prisoner premiered in Australia on 27 February The production schedule increased from one to two hour-long episodes per week; Carol Burns left the show after 20 episodes, feeling that she could not continue playing Franky Doyle with the tighter schedule. She was written out of the show as an escapee from Wentworth with Doreen Anderson and shot dead by a police officer after being on the run for three weeks.
New story arcs were introduced. Karen Travers appealed against her sentence and was eventually released, allowing her to resume her relationship with Greg Miller and becoming involved in prison reform. As original characters began leaving the series Mum Brooks, Lynn Warner, Karen and Greg appeared beyond the initial sixteen episodes, but most had left by the end of the season; Greg left in early , new characters arrived: Prostitute Chrissie Latham, a minor character in the early episodes, returned in a more central antagonistic role and a male deputy governor, Jim Fletcher Gerard Maguire , joined the female-dominated cast.
Ratings had been declining for some time, and when they continued to fall in , Network Ten decided in July not to renew the series. Production ended on 5 September, and the final episode aired in Melbourne on 11 December Prisoner 's final episodes dealt with the redemption of the misunderstood Kath Maxwell and concluded the ongoing dynamic between Rita Connors and Joan Ferguson.
Days and times listed are for ATV in Melbourne; days and times may vary in other regions of Australia.
A pilot for an unproduced American version of Prisoner was produced by Lorimar in , entitled "Willow B: In March , it was announced that Foxtel would produce a contemporary "re-imagining" of Prisoner , Wentworth , set in modern-day Australia. Wentworth recounts the rise of Bea Smith Danielle Cormack from her arrival at Wentworth as a remand prisoner to "top dog".
The series is filmed at a new, purpose-built prison set in the Melbourne suburb of Clayton. Wentworth features contemporary versions of vintage characters along with new characters.
None of the original cast was initially scheduled to return for the first series, but on 29 November it was confirmed that Anne Charleston who appeared in the original series would make a guest appearance. In the sketch, the inmates including guest host Teri Garr are spoiled debutantes who complain about "icky" living conditions in prison. In , Prisoner was reprised for the American market as Dangerous Women. The US version borrowed heavily from the Australian original for characters.