The first few minutes of director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN was unsettling with quite a sense of just any other prison drama. However, as we settle with the tonality we realize how brutal and realistic this film is. Yes indeed, it is based on the true story of Billy Moore, a young English boxer.
Based on the memoir by English boxer Billy Moore who was incarcerated in two of the notorious prisons in Thailand, A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN follows his life and struggle. Hooked into the world of drug addiction, he soon found himself inside the prison, as he started confronting the reality of the prison world.
Being a trained Muay Thai boxer while it was easy for him to protect himself, it was not easy for someone who is addicted and has no one to bank on, neither has a bank to feed the prison system. Billy Moore’s struggle was to keep himself alive inside a terrifying world of drugs and gang wars.
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Nevertheless, it’s a true story in which the hero tries everything to fight his way out from the stained prison life. He grabs the opportunity to represent the prison in Muay Thai boxing tournaments, with sole aim to earn his freedom.
Interestingly, A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN is shot in an actual Thai prison and some of the members of the cast are real inmates. The film is amazing in terms of narration as we watch Joe Cole shining as Moore in this disturbing true story.
A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN is one of those films that is powerful enough to inspire, as we watch the character facing the unthinkable horror inside a high security prison. The film is indeed a visceral portrayal of Moore’s life that none of us can even imagine.
Cole has justified his role as Moore. From a demanding physicality to fighting skills and then at times living with harrowing silence, he is there at par with anyone. While most of the inmates speak in Thai language and only few with their broken English, that language barrier would never be an issue to experience and appreciate this survival story.
You feel the rage, the shock, the pain and the resolve to come out of this hell on earth. Joe Cole’s acting, the great supporting cast including the real tattooed inmates and Jean-Stehane Sauvaure’s direction, together works wonderfully to make A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN – an immersive adaptation of the real-life story of survival and redemption.
Starring: Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringarm, Panya Yimmumphai
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dramas, Biographical Dramas, Dramas based on a book, Dramas based on real life
Director: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire
The film is now streaming on Netflix.