Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Un Prophete - DVD Review


Starring Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup and Adel Bencherif.
Directed by Jacques Audiard.

Does the world need another prison/gangster drama? Only if it's done well. This is done well.

It's also from France, and I'm pretty sure I've never seen a French prison/gangster drama. The story follows Malik, a small-time crook thrown into the prison. He's low in the pecking order due to his being Arab, but he catches the eye of Cesar Luciani, a lifer mobster who gives him a choice. Malik can kill a fellow prisoner, or get killed himself.

From there, Malik follows the trajectory of any Al Pacino gangster movie, but I give the movie credit for telling a familiar story in an original way.

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