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[Movie Review] Prisoners (2013)

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Plot Summary: 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?

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Writer: Aaron Guzikowski

Runtime: 146 min

Main Cast:

  • Hugh Jackman as Keller Dover
  • Jake Gyllenhaal as Detective Loki
  • Viola Davis as Nancy Birch
  • Maria Bello as Grace Dover
  • Terrence Howard as Franklin Birch

Review: by Anthony and Lee

Neither of us knew anything about Prisoners other than it starred Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal; therefore, we had no real expectations.

What We Liked:

The story was a great suspense/thriller.  It gave viewers enough clues to begin working out the puzzle, but threw in twists and turns to make them second guess everything.  The combination kept the movie interesting all the way through.

Hugh Jackman gave an incredible performance, displaying a vast array of emotions, sometimes in the course of one conversation.  He certainly portrayed the passion of the character very well.

Poor Paul Dano is a great actor.  Unfortunately, he plays a creepy bad guy all too well.  He just looked suspicious.

What We Didn’t Like:

The length of the movie, combined with some particularly long, awkward silences made the movie feel like it dragged on for hours.

Maria Bello’s character, Grace Dover, was completely useless.  While we understand that she was portraying a particular reaction to grief that would be very typical of a person in her position, she either did not do it well or the writing was off for her.  Something wasn’t right, and we did not care for her.

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  • Very hard to get through, but worth the watch if you can stick to it through the end. Good review.

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