Prisoners (2013)

Prisoners UK movie poster.

Prisoners UK movie poster.

Imagine – you check every room, every closet, every nook and cranny. You can’t find them anywhere. It takes you a second before you finally realize that your kids are missing.

Did you feel that? Did you feel that chill run down your spin – those bumps form from the skin on your arms?

How is your heart? Is it beating normally? 

I felt all that. I felt my heart race as I sat on the edge of my seat watching Denis Villeneuve‘s PrisonersIt’s a film about children – taken from a quiet neighbourhood, taken from their families.

The emotional pulls that Villeneuve concocts throughout the film is what separates it from the typical abduction film – at times delivering more questions than answers. Hugh Jackman and Terence Howard do an incredible job of playing the fathers of Eliza Birch (Zoe Borde) and Anna Dover (Erin Gerasimovich) – the two young girls who go missing.

What sets them apart is the reality of their performances. You don’t get two angry fathers or two sets of sad parents. Instead, you have two polar opposites. On one hand, the grieving father – Howard – unsure of what he should do to help the police. On the other, is Jackman – an angry parent full of rage that nothing is being done to find his daughter.

While these two battle to keep their families’ hopes alive, Jake Gyllenhaal plays the frustrated detective. A perfect case to solve ratio, this is the first time Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) seems to be having trouble getting a grasp on what is happening around him.

Although the film leaves you somewhat responsible for filling in the blanks at the end of the film, it’s a movie that is worth watching – granted you don’t have young kids.

It was, at times, an emotionally draining film that had even those in the audience frustrated trying to keep up with all the curves thrown at them. But it’s been a while since the last abduction film that maintained the same formula, yet executed with this type of success.

So if you have a spare couple of hours – grab some gloves (so you don’t nervously bite you finger nails) and watch what could be the last abduction masterpiece for some time.

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terence Howard, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano

Rating: 8.5/10

Movie Poster, Prisoners, Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal

North American movie poster for the Prisoners film.

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One Response to Prisoners (2013)

  1. Sandra Forbes says:

    You convinced me … I will be heading out the door soon to the movie theatre to see this movie.

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