A Prayer Before Dawn Review

Prayer Before Dawn

A violent, stylish parable of a westerner in over their head in the world of Thai boxing and drug running, A Prayer Before Dawn naturally invites comparison to Nicolas Winding Refn’s divisive Only God Forgives. They even share Vithaya Pansringarm playing a figure of authority, though here he lacks the magical sword and avenging angel vibe that Refn gave him. Dig deeper, though, and there’s a soulful humanity to Jean-Stephane Sauvaire’s film that Refn’s lacked. He makes room for tenderness and personal growth in amongst the dingy surroundings and brutal bloodletting, a rare thing in a film with such an obviously macho premise.  Continue reading