Not Quite Prison Movies

» The Informer (2019, UK)

The Informer has a little more complexity than most action thrillers. But not so much that it explains why IMDb’s précis (“An ex-convict working undercover intentionally gets himself incarcerated again in order to infiltrate the mob at a maximum security prison”) pretty much misses the point entirely. ‘Intentionally gets himself incarcerated’, yes, but he returns […]

» Çakallarla Dans 2: Hastasiyis Dede! / Dance with the Jackals 2 (2012, Turkey)

Four friends in prison are released to test an experimental drug. And struggle. As does the movie.

» Capharnaüm (2018, Lebanon and others)

Stunning film of a 12-year-old boy in juvenile prison and his fight to break free of his parents’ influence.

» Stars and Roses (1989, Hong Kong)

Sad and silly film about a Hong Kong boy in jail in Vietnam and in love with a local girl.

» Ambush at Dark Canyon (2012, USA)

Wild west meets duck soup prison escape. 

» Turkey Shoot (2014, Australia)

Death row hero is dropped into a kill-or-be-killed reality TV show.

» Escape Plan: The Extractors (2019, USA)

Chinese heiress held in a Belarusian back site prison. Not as interesting as it sounds.

» Avengement (2019, UK)

Brothers-at-war revenge story. And a good one.

» Strike of the Tortured Angels (1982, Hong Kong)

The embedded subtitles on this dubbed-into-English film (at least the version on YouTube) would seem to be a mixture of Danish and Finnish or other Scandinavian languages, which doesn’t seem to make much sense. But then, nor does much else in the film.

» Chasers (1994, USA)

If there were no The Last Detail (1973), this might seem like a different prison-ish road movie. As there is, it’s maybe not so different.