A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jean-Stephane Sauvaire Stars: Joe Cole, Pornchanok Mabklang. This intense brutal prison drama is like Kickboxer meets Midnight Express. This unflinching, hard hitting and gritty and harrowing true story is set inside Thailand’s notorious Bang Kwang Central prison, better known as the infamous Bangkok Hilton. Like Midnight Express, which depicted Billy Hayes’ ordeal after being arrested and imprisoned for smuggling drugs in Turkey, A Prayer Before Dawn is based on the 2014 memoir written by expat Brit Billy Moore (played by Joe Cole, Continue reading

ADRIFT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Baltasar Kormakur Stars: Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin. There have been many great survival stories told on the screen, many of them set at sea like the recent Colin Firth drama The Mercy. Arguably amongst the best of these are films like Cast Away, with Tom Hanks stranded on a remote island, and J C Chandor’s superb All Is Lost, basically another one-hander with Robert Redford playing a sailor stranded at sea after his yacht was struck by a floating shipping container. Despite the fact that it Continue reading

CHAPPAQUIDDICK

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Curran Stars: Jason Clarke, Ed Helms, Jim Gaffigan, Bruce Dern, Kate Mara, Clancy Brown, Jim Fiore, Olivia Thirlby. This engaging historical docu-drama is a cynical study of corruption, ambition, power, the power of celebrity, the abuse of power, and family. Chappaquiddick centres around the scandal that surrounded Senator Ted Kennedy and the tragic drowning of political staffer Mary Jo Kopechne in 1969. The incident almost cost Kennedy his political career and certainly derailed his Continue reading

STRONGER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Gordon Green Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown, Lenny Clarke, Danny McCarthy, Patricia O'Neil, Carlos Sanz. Peter Berg’s 2016 drama Patriots Day looked at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and injured hundreds more, and the massive police manhunt for the terrorists that followed. Berg gave the material an almost documentary-like feel as he explored the stories of many of the people involved. There are probably a lot more unheard Continue reading

THE 15:17 TO PARIS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Clint Eastwood Stars: Spencer Stone, Alex Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, Judy Greer, Thomas Lennon, Jenna Fischer, William Jennings, Bryce Gheisar, Paul-Mikel Williams. In August 2015 a heavily armed terrorist named Ayoub El-Khazzani boarded the titular express train from Amsterdam to Paris with the intent of opening fire on the passengers. He had over 500 rounds of ammunition in his possession. Luckily three American servicemen, and life-long friends who had been on a once in a lifetime holiday in Europe, managed to tackle the Continue reading