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What’s it About?

When Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts.


Directed by Denis Villeneuve

6 out of 10

By Brian

Writing a review for a film like Prisoners is a tricky proposition. The majority of both the positive and negative aspects of the experience are tied into the plot reveals as you go along. As I pride myself on being a spoiler-free reviewer, I’ll try my best to rate the movie making and leave the reveals to the readers if they choose to watch it.

The craft of this movie is very solid. There’s a shroud over this film that hangs around your neck. As the film takes you to darker and darker places, the environment in the film gets grayer. Similar to what David Fincher’s “Seven” did. The environment itself is a character in the film.

Any film dealing with child abduction is going to give a parent a knot in their stomach. The problem is how do you give the film a palpable feeling of reality? Dark camera work and pouring rain aren’t enough. Any film of this type requires strong performances to sell the grief and desperation of the parents. Luckily, Hugh Jackman brings an intensity to “Prisoners” that creates an unpredictability and humanity to his character. Several times I could put myself in his shoes and wonder if I would go as far as he did to find my child and more often than not, I would.

The negative aspects of this movie really revolve around subjects I can’t discuss in a spoiler-free review. So, I’ll just say that the final twist is a huge disappointment. They had me hook, line, and sinker until the last 25 minutes or so. All of the plot progressions had a believability until you find out why. I still can give a mild recommendation for “Prisoners.” It’s worth watching to see how good Hugh Jackman can be when given such dark material.

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