ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nomination – A – A Prophet (2009)

Director: Jacques Audiard

Writer: Thomas Bidegain, Jacques Audiard (Screenplay) Abdel Raouf Dafri, Nicolas Peufailit (Original Screenplay)

Starring: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb, Hichm Yacoubi


Plot: A young Arab man is sent to a French prison.

Tagline – Escaping the prison of life.

Runtime: 2 Hours 35 Minutes


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Verdict: Tension Filled Thriller


Story: A Prophet starts as Malik (Rahim) enters prison, he wants to keep to himself and get out quickly, but this doesn’t happen because crime boss Cesar (Arestrup) sees him as a potential new employee in need of protection on the inside, but in exchange Malik must do some of the dirty work for Cesar.

As time goes by Malik starts getting granted day release from prison where he must run jobs for Cesar, instead of getting back into normal life again. When things start getting out of control Malik must find a way out of this life before it is too late.


Thoughts on A Prophet


Characters – Malik is a young criminal, sent to prison where he wants to do his time and walk away from his mistakes, he isn’t going to get this chance as he gets recruited with the promise of protection on the inside. He finds himself doing whatever it takes to survive this, but can he find a way out. Cesar is the crime lord in prison, he offers protection in exchange for jobs to be done for him, he will kill anyone that crosses him though.

PerformancesThe performances in this film are fantastic, you believe each reaction and motive the characters must go through as things are happening in the film.

StoryThe story follows one young man’s fall into the crime world from inside a prison, to where he must find a way out before it finds himself too deep. There is a religious element to the story which shows the tension between Arabic and Muslims as Malik is stuck between the twos battle. This is a by the book gangster style movie where the new person enters and rises up the gang only to want to find a way out too.

CrimeThe crime world we enter starts in prison and shows how things can still be operated from within the prison walls if the ranks are high enough.

SettingsThe film is mostly set in the prison, so you can see the world that can operate inside there, outside each process is where Malik is either sent or finding himself while going through the release procedure.

Scene of the Movie –
The first kill.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is too long for my liking.

Final ThoughtsThis is a tense crime thriller showing us just where a young man can fall into while trying to just get out of his own problems with a large amount of religious undertone.


Overall: One for the gangster fans.




Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Goal of the Dead (2014)

goalDirector: Thierry Pioraud, Benjamin Rocher

Writer: Nicolas Peufailit (Screenplay) Tristan Schulmann, Quoc Dang Tran, Marie Garel Weiss, Ismael Sy Savane, Laetitia Trapet (Scenario)

Starring: Alban Lenoir, Charlie Bruneau, Tiphaine Daviot, Ahmen Sylla, Bruno Salomone, Patrick Ligardes


Plot: Returning to his hometown for the first time since his big money move to the professional leagues, Sam Lorit expects a joyful homecoming and a routine cup-game victory. But with the zombie outbreak fueling bitter rivalries, the players and their entourage are dragged into a brutal game for their lives.


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Verdict: Film of Twi Halves


Story: Goal of the Dead starts as French football team Olympique De Paris are returning to once star player Sam Lorit (Lenoir) Caplongue for a cup match which has captured the headlines from around the nation. Sam gets welcomed back like a traitor while the rest of the team get mixed reception, Solene (Bruneau) is putting together a story about the returning fixture 17 years after Sam made the impact which got him signed which the town hasn’t forgotten him moving on.

Sam find enemies in the opposite team, crowd, the officials and his own team with new star man Idriss Diago (Sylla). When chaos breaks out on the pitch it turns into a battle to survive as the zombies start piling up searching for human flesh.


Thoughts on Goal of the Dead


StoryWhen it comes to zombie films there never really is much to the story only the change in setting and this while shot to be two parts to make it longer than it needs to be does give us a great survival horror second half after building the characters in the first half. If you are a fan of the zombie genre you will enjoy this one even if the story isn’t the most original.

Comedy/HorrorWe get good laughs at the football hooligans in this film, we also get to look at how people see football be it fans, players or managers and how quickly they will sale out which also adds to the comedy. The horror comes from the seemingly endless amounts of zombies coming for the survivors.

Characters/PerformanceThe characters in this film are what you would expect from any zombie film with the reluctant hero, the love interest and the weasel like character and so on. The performances are not going to win any awards but they are all good for the style of this film.

SettingsMost of the settings are in and around the small football stadium where the fans and players are the zombies. This gives us the trapped location we like from all the zombie movies out there.

Special EffectsThe zombie special effects are all good here and like many zombie films trying to do something original with the look and creation of zombies.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film you can have a lot of fun watching so I would be recommending it to you all.


Overall: Sometimes you just want to have fun watching a film and this gives you that if you are a zombie film fan.