There’s an unfortunate irony about the title of Tobias Lindholm and Michael Noer’s Danish prison drama, namely that A Prophet hit first and hit hardest.
Like Jacques Audiard’s classic, this follows a bullied new inmate, Rune (bleach-blond Michael Shannon lookalike Johan Philip Asbæk) as he slowly works his way up the drug-smuggling hierarchy.
A solid, savage genre flick on its own merits, the closely observed routine is predictable to the point of abstraction until its audacious last-act switcheroo adds an unexpected punch.
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