Posted on 12/04/13 08:56 PM
Midnight Express is a 1978 Academy Award winning prison film based on the true story of Billy Hayes, an American tourist who is caught smuggling hashish on his way back to the states from Turkey. This movie vividly tells the horrors of a Turkish prison, as well as its moral injustices. The late Brad Davis along with the supporting cast give groundbreaking performances that make this movie feel more realistic and emotional. The ending when Hayes manages to escape was handled excellently, thoroughly making the audience feel the same sense of relief as Billy. With an epic soundtrack, believably executed plot, wonderful performances, great characters and an extremely satisfying ending in my eyes, Midnight Express is one of the best movies I've ever seen. It's one of those rare movies that I cherish deeply. It's easy for me to see why it won an Oscar. I don't think the movie is for everyone and those who are not that open minded may dismiss it because it's pretty old, but to cinephiles I would highly recommend this classic. I gladly say Midnight Express is a gripping, unforgettable drama and one of my many all time favorites as well as one of writer Oliver Stone better efforts in film. Midnight Express unflinchingly portrays the injustices of a third world prison with such ease. It's the best prison film I've seen thus far.