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R: Hit First, Hit Hardest

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Brutal Danish prison drama covers familiar ground...

R: Hit First, Hit Hardest review

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.

Film Details

  • 18
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: October 28th 2011
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