Prisoners (2013) Movie Review


Prisoners (2013)

2013 | R | Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Crime
153 minutes /

User Score: 83/100

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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. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?

Prisoners is a great movie and I enjoyed it very much. Director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Polytechnique, Next Floor) did a phenomenal job with Prisoners considering he did not direct much english movies. Prisoners contains intense suspense, torturing of a human, gory scenes, profanity, a man shot himself in the mouth and you see his brains splattering onto the wall behind him, distraught parents and lots of screams from the man being tortured with really hot water from a shower head.

I felt all sorts of emotions watching this movie because I am a parent and I felt emotionally connected to the parents in this movie. I am not sure I will watch this movie again because it made me worried as a parent and made me think about all the "what ifs", but it is definitely worth watching.

Prisoners is about two neighbors enjoying the holidays and letting their little girls go over to the other house to look for a whistle that was missing. This is when the story just explodes and pulls you in. The parents soon went into panic mode when they could not find their two little girls.

Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine, Movie 43, Rise of the Guardians, Real Steel) did an amazing job with his role playing Keller Dover who is the father of one of the missing little girls, Anna Dover (Erin Gerasimovich - Awakened, Delivery Man). Keller went above and beyond to find his daughter Anna and I admire his spirit in trying to find her. He did what any average parent would do and although it might be wrong to hold captive and torture Alex Jones (Paul Dano - Looper, Ruby Sparks, Being Flynn), anyone would after hearing the words Alex whispered to Keller after being released from police custody. Prisoners kept me on my toes trying to guess who the kidnapper is.

The ending of the movie was not expected at all. I definitely thought that Keller was going to be rescued. Will there be a part two with Keller escaping from the pit and leading the police on a high speed chase to find him. He is a felon now in the eyes of the law because he did kidnap and torture an innocent person. Prisoners had some loose ends but it makes up for all other aspects of the movie. What I didn’t get is, who went through Kellers house and jumped through the window and also who went through the other people’s house. All the loose ends really makes me think there is a part two. I really did not expect the killer to be who it was and it was one amazing plan she had to keep everyone hidden from the police.

About Prisoners 2013

Title: Prisoners
Year: 2013
Runtime: 153 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Crime
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.1/5 stars from 23 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 23
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Joseph Oliveira, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello, Scott Ledbetter, Anthony Reynolds, Robert C. Treveiler, King, Taylor McPherson, Dylan Minnette, Michael Jaegers, Billy James, Andrew R. Kaplan, Jason Davis, Dennis Christopher, Frederick Carpenter, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo, Josh Turner, Michael J. Walker, Len Cariou, Tom Thon, Becky Boyd, Tiffany Morgan, Terrence Howard, Jane McNeill, Paul Dano, John Atwood, John Fleischmann
Writers: Aaron Guzikowski
Director: Denis Villeneuve

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