Making my Best of List for 09 earlier this year I never properly reviewed A Prophet. So to build awareness of this excellent film’s release on DVD and Blu-Ray I will give it the proper review it deserves.
Review: A Prophet
A Prophet might be the best crime film of the last decade and is a near perfect film on almost every level.
Malik, 19, arrives to prison ready to serve a 6 year sentence for beating up a cop. A repeat offender, this is the first time that Malik has committed a crime of the age to be sent to the real prison and things don’t start off well for the young inmate. Illiterate and uneducated, this half French/half Muslim kid is despised by both factions that the prison naturally split into based on ethnicity. After getting pushed around a bit, like every new inmate seems to be, Malik’s situation gets dire in a hurry. A group of Corsican gangsters who run the prison, led by César, “volunteer” Malik to kill a Muslim inmate that is going to testify against the Corsican’s on the outside. If Malik isn’t up to the task, the Corsican’s will kill him instead.