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.