A Prayer Before Dawn Reviews

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December 21, 2018
Midnight Express' meets 'Ong-Bak,' and that's a good thing.
November 2, 2018
The great strength of A Prayer Before Dawn is its relentless physicality and lurking camera which never shies away from any of the filth of the prison.
October 31, 2018
An arresting, if too vacantly handled biographic parable on the karma of ignorance and the value of tolerance, lead by an unreal central performance.
October 11, 2018
A Prayer Before Dawn is remarkable in its brutalist mode, in sketching the grainy lives of these jailbirds...to see how far the body, and in effect the soul, could endure the inhuman hellhole that is their everyday surroundings.
October 5, 2018
Part Rocky, part Midnight Express, and part Beau Travail, this adaptation of Billy Moore's best-selling memoir about his three years in some of Thailand's most infamous jails is a harshly immersive experience
October 4, 2018
Ultimately, there is something distasteful about this approach ― especially as the stylistic bravura seems calculated to leave minimal room for thought.
October 4, 2018
As an immersive audio-visual experience, it's a rather extraordinary technical feat in creating style and meaning from even the most confronting images.
September 28, 2018
...a resolutely tough watch. But... with the hope of redemption and rebirth.
September 27, 2018
Overloaded with physical peril and over-strategized to convey the jitters of a strung-out junkie, the movie runs a deficit on emotional intelligence and journalistic information.
September 21, 2018
David Ungaro's camera practically hugs Moore in his descent into, and advancement through, the penal system, immersing us fully in his experience
August 27, 2018
You can feel the heat. You can feel the clamminess of the bodies. You can feel the rage of the central character... as a piece of experiential cinema, it's really, really overpowering.
August 24, 2018
A ballet of blood and bruised flesh, utilizing handheld camerawork allowing for this boxing/prison/injustice drama into something a tad more intimate and relentlessly reactionary than others of its ilk.
August 24, 2018
Once the film settles down and focuses on Billy's goal to box his way through his stay in the prison, it becomes, if not any less forgiving, more meditative, using the sparse score and rare quiet moments to great effect.
August 21, 2018
A Prayer Before Dawn will leave you pulsating long after you've left the cinema.
August 17, 2018
A Prayer Before Dawn deals with so much ugliness that it's almost impossible to watch at times, but Joe Cole's performance is worth seeing.
August 10, 2018
Once the audience adjusts to its rhythms, it exerts a powerful fascination.
August 10, 2018
Cole is astonishingly good as Moore, in a primarily non-verbal performance; he's a convincing brawler, and even more persuasive as a self-destructive addict.
August 10, 2018
... elevated by the visceral and intimate nature of the unrelenting combat sequences and a committed performance by Cole that generates depth and sympathy amid the chaos.
August 10, 2018
A remarkable feat that requires a strong stomach to sit through.
August 10, 2018
Credit filmmaker Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire for the gut-wrenching brutal artistic realism and actor Joe Cole for making Billy Moore immortal.
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