Look: We haven’t seen the movie yet. We haven’t even read the script. All we have to go on is who stars in the movie and the logline.
This is the logline:
Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn will play cops who are suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics gets wide attention. They then descend into the criminal underworld to exact vengeance.
The optics of that don’t look good at all. I mean, it’s stroke-inducing.
But for the sake of argument, let’s assume that the cop played by Mel Gibson does not commit police brutality against a Black person, because that right there would be the end of it. No movie theater in their right mind would screen it.
Still, the subject of police brutality and race is an incredibly sensitive one, and Gibson has a history of racist, anti-Semitic statements (and for whatever it’s worth, Vaughn is a conservative), and these two guys will be starring in a movie that can go either one of two ways:
1) Either the police officers are somehow wrongly accused of police brutality, and they exact their revenge as criminals — which would create the impression that police brutality is a myth propagated by our misleading smart phone cameras, or
2) They did commit the police brutality, but in their minds it was justified, so they’re exacting revenge on all those PC snowflakes who care more about the safety of criminals than the police.
Either way, it looks real bad. The fact that Gibson and Vaughn are starring in it make it look even worse.
Then there is the title of the film: Dragged Across the Concrete.
I mean, I don’t want to prejudge, but