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A Prayer Before Dawn (2018)

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A Prayer Before Dawn is the remarkable true story of Billy Moore, a young English boxer incarcerated in two of Thailand's most notorious prisons. He is quickly thrown into a terrifying world of drugs and gang violence, but when the prison authorities allow him to take part in the Muay Thai boxing tournaments, he realizes this might be his chance to get out. Billy embarks on a relentless, action-packed journey from one savage fight to the next, stopping at nothing to do whatever he must to preserve his life and regain his freedom. Shot in a an actual Thai prison with a cast of primarily real inmates, A Prayer Before Dawn is a visceral, thrilling journey through an unforgettable hell on earth.

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Like any mean prizefighter, it's admirable from afar.

May 24, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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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.

May 22, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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A big, bleeding feat of extreme cinema, given elevating human dimension by rising star Joe Cole's ferociously physical lead performance.

May 22, 2017 | Full Review…
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There's finesse in the filmmaking, colour and conviction in the supporting performances... but it's Cole that really sells it, by making you feel like he's living every single horrible second.

July 16, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A prison pic that separates itself from the genre by never flinching or shying away from the horrific violence

July 13, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The film is utterly riveting, as director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire takes the audience on a jarring, unforgettable odyssey that leaves us with some big themes to chew on.

April 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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