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3.5 out of 10 Well acted
Ciaran from Dublin, 11 Dec 2010
Long, slow-paced and deliberate, A Prophet will reward those who put in the effort. And judging by all the negative reviews it is sad to think so many people out there just cannot abide subtitles...doesn't say much for the intellect of many folks. Cant they see the language listed in the Description is 'French'?! Anyway, for those willing to take it on it is very good. I'll say not fantastic due to the pacing and a thin plot but the lead acts it well.
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4 out of 10 Engaging and thought provoking
Rory from Dublin, 25 Feb 2011
I really enjoyed this film. It maintains your attention throughout, with its look in to France's underbelly of crime, prison and race relations. You go from sympathy with the main character at first to marvelling at his survival skills, mixed with sadness at his descent in to serious crime. It is fairly graphic at times in depicting violence and is quite long, but yet it doesn't feel that long. I'd recommend it.
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2 out of 10 You live in prison and what you live isn't giving
Mary from Limerick, 21 Sep 2010
A Prophtet tells the story of a somewhat naive but intelligent young inmate from Arabic origins who rises through the criminal ranks to become a big boss. Serve with an outstanding cast and an almost exclusively males and non-professional actors, the film of Jacque Audiard manages to prove that you don't need a so called bankable actor/actress in order to make a masterpiece.
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5 out of 10 Brilliant
Mark from Dublin, 13 Sep 2011
My better half is not a great fan of the foreign movie but she loved this and so did I, it is a real warts and all portrayal of what life is like inside the prison system in France grim and hard hitting with a good plot to support the overall movie highly recommend one of the best movies I have seen this year.
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4 out of 10 Gritty, clever, if a little long
Eoghan from Dublin, 04 Feb 2011
Really enjoyed this, but its not for the faint hearted. the main character is intriguing, watching how he evolves, seeing how he moves from slave to master. I found it dragged a little here and there though. Still recommended, if you can stomach the violence which in parts is pretty graphic.
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What's it about....
Nineteen year–old Malik (Tahar Rahim) is condemned to six years in prison. Arriving in jail friendless and alone with no–one to protect him, he soon finds himself drawn into the brutal violence and gang warfare of daily prison life. Taken under the wing of a powerful boss, Malik is initiated into the criminal ranks. Once on the outside, he is entrusted with more and more important missions. But Malik is brave and a fast learner and secretly has his own plans that don‘t involve...

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