A Prayer Before Dawn


Young Brit Billy Moore (Joe Cole) tries to make a living as a boxer in Thailand, but can’t stay away from drugs; after getting arrested, he’s sent to a hellhole of a prison… The easy comparison is Midnight Express (1978), another reality-based story about a white man trying to survive under horrible circumstances in a prison far from home. Not always compelling, but the filmmakers did try to depict Moore’s situation as earnestly as possible, staying grounded as the camera records the bodies, tattoos, dirt, blood, suffering, with no sentimentality whatsoever. Raw and powerful, with a fully committed performance by Peaky Blinders star Cole.

2018-Britain-France-China-U.S. 116 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire. Book: Billy Moore. Cast: Joe Cole (Billy Moore), Vithaya Pansringarm (Preecha), Pornchanok Mabklang (Fame), Panya Yimmumphai, Somluck Kamsing.

Trivia: Moore makes an appearance as his own father.



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