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Better than I expected
on 16 November 2012
I took a punt in buying this, since I'm not mad about prison films. A bit like the desert island scenario, there are limited places to go without bumping into cliches, and while films like 'A Prophet' are worthwhile, they are also undeniably grim. This has a good cast and is a British film which isn't either a rom-com or featuring glam gangsters, however, and I would happily have given it four stars if I weren't a bit unsure about the central twist, which is a big coincidence. Even that, however, is handled well and while I'm happily in no position to judge whether it accurately reflects prison life in any way whatsoever, it does convey the grim monotony, the lack of privacy and claustrophobic atmosphere I'd imagine.
3.5 stars really. Deserved a wider release, and worth a watch.