A Prayer Before Dawn Reviews

December 21, 2018
Midnight Express' meets 'Ong-Bak,' and that's a good thing.
October 4, 2018
Ultimately, there is something distasteful about this approach ― especially as the stylistic bravura seems calculated to leave minimal room for thought.
August 10, 2018
Once the audience adjusts to its rhythms, it exerts a powerful fascination.
August 10, 2018
A remarkable feat that requires a strong stomach to sit through.
August 9, 2018
Sauvaire isn't interested in this regional version of the sweet science ... [he] simply needs it to immerse viewers deeper into a world of violence and pain.
August 9, 2018
Presented with an agitated camera and a bare minimum of subtitles, "A Prayer Before Dawn" adheres to neither the familiar beats of the boxing movie nor the claustrophobic machinations of the typical prison drama.
August 9, 2018
Although gruesome and grueling, it's an immersive, deeply powerful and darkly inspiring tale.
August 8, 2018
A Prayer Before Dawn feels scarily authentic, and may be too much for some. But there are moments of grace amid the setting's despair.
August 7, 2018
Sauvaire makes some audacious, impressionistic choices, focusing on the nexus of sensual and brutal, but this is the rare true story that really could have used some creative embellishment.
July 25, 2018
If you wanted to know how it feels to be the only foreign inmate in a Bangkok prison, this is about as close as you could get.
July 22, 2018
Cole has got one of those faces that's hard to pin down, and for this testing role he's yanked every which way.
July 20, 2018
You can smell the sweat and taste the blood.
July 20, 2018
A way-above-average genre movie with a star-making performance of animal energy from Joe Cole.
July 19, 2018
This is grisly, visceral, often unwatchably brutal stuff: what seems like a moment-by-moment depiction of an unspeakable ordeal.
May 24, 2017
Like any mean prizefighter, it's admirable from afar.
May 22, 2017
No one would accuse it of breaking new ground, or finding fascinating new paths across its well-worn prison yard. But Sauvaire's drama is lean and trim and unwavering in its task.
Top Critic
May 22, 2017
It's a spare, brutal, well-crafted prison drama, anchored by an at-turns wildly aggressive and hauntingly vulnerable lead performance by Green Room's Joe Cole.
Top Critic
May 22, 2017
A big, bleeding feat of extreme cinema, given elevating human dimension by rising star Joe Cole's ferociously physical lead performance.