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Critic Reviews for Prisoners
Villeneuve manages to keep us on the edge of our seats without being able to take our eyes off the screen in this fascinating and hypnotic tale that weaves into images the marvelous script written by Aaron Guzikowski. [Full Review in Spanish]
The last half hour, despite the occasional jolt of excitement, is an embarrassment.
I was shocked to learn this is an original screenplay and not an adaptation. Everything about the story stinks of a crappy novel someone bought at an airport.
This film haunted me for days and weeks after seeing it, and the feeling still lingers.
Prisoners is in the best thriller traditions, but goes deeper into a reflection of one of the greatest moral dilemmas in modern society ... choosing to not only be memorable, but to matter.
Audience Reviews for Prisoners
With fantastic performances (Gyllenhaal deserved an Oscar), an extremely complex script so well written in every single detail and a phenomenal direction that invests in a slow-burning tension with perfection, Prisoners is for sure one of the best films of the year.
Grim, ugly and violent. Good acting but not enjoyable as a viewing experience.
After a man's daughter is kidnapped, he resort to torturing the police's prime suspect in order to discover her whereabouts.
As a thriller, this film follows the basic genre conventions. It's tense, mysterious, and occasionally compelling. However, it seems the film's ambitions are beyond a basic genre film. A lot of the film's exposition establishes Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) as a survivalist -- a right-wing, anti-establishmentarian -- in order to explain his extreme behavior later. But this theme remains undeveloped. I can imagine a good film that questions whether a man's personal moral compass should override the moral compass that most reasonable people agree to, but by the second act, the film devolves into torture porn and the generic dramatic questions overtake the film's philosophical musings.
Jackman has never been an impressive actor, and what depth we see in Keller comes from the script, not his performance. The same can be said of Jake Gyllenhaal, and unfortunately the plot renders Maria Bello catatonic halfway through the film. The best performance is by Paul Dano, who never fails to impress.
Overall, as a thriller, Prisoners fits the genre, but as anything more, it's close but not quite.
|Keller Dover:||He's not a person anymore.|
|Keller Dover:||We hurt him until he talks or they're going to die.|
|Detective Loki:||With all do respect Captain, go fuck yourself.|
|Alex Jones:||They didn't cry until I left them.|
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