Living in Bangkok, where he fights bare-knuckle in the local gyms, heroin addict Billy Moore (Joe Cole) is arrested and sent to Klong Prem jail for selling drugs. There, unable to speak the language, it's a matter of daily survival, as he is forced to live in unimaginable, unsanitary conditions, forever fearful of beatings from guards and other prisoners. It's only when Billy takes up Muay Thai boxing that he is able to see a way out of this hellish environment.
Joe Cole, Pornchanok Mabklang, Vithaya Pansringarm, Panya Yimmumphai, Billy Moore, Nicolas Shake, Sura Sirmalai, Somlock Kamsing, Chaloemporn Sawatsuk, Sakda Niamhom, Komsan Polsan
- A Prayer Before Dawn review by Koppert79
Approach with caution, this is a very difficult film to watch and shows the Thai prisons for all their brutality and disgust. Gritty gets used a lot but this really is. However if you can get through that there is an amazing piece of art here with a string story and very well acted. A film that will not leave you.
I approached this film with caution but am so glad to have seen it. Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders) is fantastic in this true story of a boxer in Thailand. The scenes within a prison are not for the faint hearted. I'm an old granny and maybe I'm tougher than I thought .
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Ugly and graphic but very watchable
- A Prayer Before Dawn review by GN
True story of Billy Moore imprisoned in Bangkok prison. Majority of film is in Thai with only sparse use of English subtitles however I felt this added to the realism as I doubt he understood everything that was going on around him. Very watchable.
My wife who is from Thailand said they used a mix of Thai actors and ex prisoners as the inmates and the Thai small talk was very very real and well acted.
Very violent with a pretty graphic male rape scene and some may not want to watch this right through.
Can only say our UK prisons must be like holiday camps in comparison.
Pretty grim but realistic. The movie gets better as it goes along. Never hyping the scenario up, you are left with the impression that this 'true story' is actually true. A tale of a drug addict earning a living as a Thai boxer who's life is spiralling out of control and who ends up in a prison you just don't want to be in. A hard watch but rewarding; see this movie. Not for the kids.