Top critical review
Watchable but uneven thriller.
on 10 December 2015
Despite the talent involved, Prayer for the Dying is a flawed thriller.
Hollywood has mixed the politics of Ireland and its own need to deliver an entertaining thriller in many other guises over the years, some more successful than others.
Taking the political aspect out of the equation, this film simply lacks class.
It's grimly filmed, looks cheap and wastes a top bunch of actors.
Mickey Rourke's IRA charachter isn't particularly redeeming, Bob Hoskins priest, who happens to be former special forces is not the most believable piece of casting and the story doesn't flow evenly.
A bit of a troubled film, which resulted in a very different version being released to what both lead actor and director signed up to make and sadly it shows.
There are glimpses of being a movie about past sins and redemption, which is what the premise is trying to show, but it's not enough.
Not a terrible film, more a wasted opportunity.