Saturday, May 18, 2024

Mel Gibson In Hollywood Exile: New Movie “Dragged Across Concrete” Gets Stealth Release, Headed to VOD Almost Immediately


Mel Gibson is done in Hollywood. Don’t let what anyone says fool ya.

His new release, “Dragged Across Concrete,” is in stealth mode. It’s playing in a handful of cities, but not really. Check your local listings. You won’t be able to find it. Even if you did, could you sit through it? “DAC” is 2 hours, 40 minutes. That’s THREE Hours in the theater including bathroom and soda breaks.

“DAC” has a 75 on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s described as a violent pulp thriller. Vince Vaughn co-stars. Summit, which used to be a real company and is now just an arm of LionsGate, isn’t reporting box office statistics. That’s because there aren’t any.

“DAC” is in one theater in Manhattan, one in Chicago, two in Dallas, one in LA. It’s not playing in most places, including all of Detroit.

The plan is to get it to video on demand services within the month. And pretend like it never happened. Maybe there’s a market for it abroad.

But Summit knows, very few people want to see a Mel Gibson movie, and certainly not one that’s violent. Also, according to reviews, Gibson and Vaughn’s characters aren’t sparing when it comes to spewing vitriol.  Here’s the official description:  “The script centers on two policemen, one an old-timer, the other his volatile younger partner, who find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics become the media’s cause du jour. Low on cash and with no other options, these two embittered soldiers descend into the criminal underworld to gain their just due, but instead find far more than they wanted awaiting them in the shadows.”

Three hours of that? No thanks.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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