Prime Time movie review - Aussieboyreviews


It’s meant to be fully thrilling, but yes, the language takes over. Prime Time is a stretched out Polish thriller, that isn’t enjoyable or engaging.


A man armed with a gun enters a television studio during a broadcast on New Year’s Eve 1999. He takes the host hostage and demands to present a message live on air.

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Movie details

Director: Jakub Piątek
Cast: Bartosz Bielenia, Magdalena Popławska, Andrzej Kłak, Małgorzata Hajewska-Krzysztofik, Dobromir Dymecki
Writer: Jakub Piątek, Łukasz Czapski
Release Date (Australia): 30 June 2021
Runtime: 93 minutes/1h 33m
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Poland
Language: Polish


Themes (M)

The film features sustained threat as an armed man hostages a TV show host and crew.

Violence (M)

There are multiple brief depictions of bloody injuries.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains aggressive use of the words “f**k” and “f**king”.

mpaa rating

NR (Not Rated)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Prime Time would’ve worked out much better as a short film and a quicker run through the plot. Because at the overlong 90 minutes it runs for here, it’s makes for a terrible movie night with thrills that would work out, but just get squashed because of the pace..

So the main reason this Polish thriller is utterly worthless is just because of how stretched out it is. Without giving out actual spoilers, the film is all just about a man who interrupts live TV, threatens the crew with a gun, and demands to talk on live air. It’s a very weird, very unusual, but a smart idea that could’ve worked out, but it went and wasted it’s opportunity. You can literally just watch the trailer and you’ve basically seen the entire movie in the form of a well-made recap.

The film’s only upside is the lead performance, in which is thrilling enough to hold you through. It probably would’ve been great if it was a short film with a 15 minute runtime, as the rest is just unnecessary, flat and and extremely tedious with no aim at all.

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