A Prayer Before Dawn tells the remarkable true story of Billy Moore, a young English boxer who found himself 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. It’s hard to take your eyes off lead actor Joe Cole when you’re watching this movie. He’s ridiculously attractive, for one, but it’s also his performance that keeps you fixated. Cole made a name for himself as an emerging talent on shows like “Peaky Blinders” and “Black Mirror” and in the excellent film Green Room, among others, but his work here takes him to a whole new level.