There is a lot to unpack with S. Craig Zahler’s newest film Dragged Across Concrete. It stars, of all people, Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn, two actors that were destined to make a buddy cop movie when they were famously photographed with their mouths agape at Oprah Winfrey’s fantastic speech at the 2017 golden globes. When you are working with an actor as controversial and unforgivable as Mel Gibson, you at least know that the Lethal Weapon star has leaned in to his bad person reputation, playing characters that are shady, and rough around the edges. In this case, it works, and Dragged Across Concrete is more than just one actor, but he is more a part in the machine. This is a hard nosed cop drama, dealing in themes that are more relatable today than yesterday. After massive success with Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99, S. Craig Zahler is cementing himself for his own brand of cinema. His work is often reminiscent of older 70’s films, and Dragged Across Concrete is honest in its brutality, a slow burn, and consistently entertaining.