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Say Your Prayers

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

British dark comedy thriller has violence, strong language.

Movie NR 2021 84 minutes
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More accurate and far sharper than its two hit men brothers, this impressive satire hits every mark it aims for. Say Your Prayers is full of dry British humor, which never falls flat, and the emotional moments have a thought-provoking effect. The brotherly bond between Vic and Tim is masterfully played -- tragic characters rather than plainly evil killers. Indeed the movie's a masterclass in replacing well-worn crime thriller tropes with unexpected replacements. Derek Jacobi's priest, Father Enoch, is particularly chilling as the kingpin pulling the strings. Meanwhile, Anna Maxwell Martin as the very sweary, chain-smoking hard-boiled police detective is as charmingly crass as she is unlikable.

From the surprising characters and location to the male choir that stands in key scenes to provide the soundtrack, there is nothing typical about this movie. Yet despite this, the movie functions perfectly as a tense thriller, with pacing to match. It also never condemns either side of the religious argument, taking down instead anyone who uses power for personal gain. Say Your Prayers is inventive, effective, surprising, and rich with things to discuss once the lean 85 minutes have flown by.

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