Based on a horrifying true story, A Prayer Before Dawn is a boxing movie that doesn't have any interest in being inspirational. The film, based on Billy Moore's memoir, got big notices at last year's Cannes Film Festival, and is finally being released in the U.S.
Joe Cole (Netflix's Peaky Blinders) stars as Moore, a British ex-pat wallowing in the Thai underworld, strung on out drugs. When he's sent to prison, his only refuge from the inhumane conditions is the gym where he whips his body into shape to fight in tournaments. Shot on location with real prisoners and boxers, this is sure to be one of the most unrelenting films of the year.
A Prayer Before Dawn opens in limited release on Friday, August 10, but DirecTV subscribers can watch it on demand right now.