Prisoners Reviews

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October 6, 2013
WOW, What a movie. This was FANTASTIC. Hugh Jackman & Jake Gyllenhaal (surprisingly) are very, very, good in this. Jackman plays the distraught father who's daughter was kidnapped and Gyllenhaal plays the cop assigned to the case to find her, and they are both at the top of their game. The other actors are also strong but this is definitely revolved around the two leads. The suspense is riveting and really keeps you guessing until the very Christopher Nolanish type ending, it definitely leaves the imagination spinning. The violence is also at an elevated level, but it is justified by Jackman's grief. Everyone and anyone should see this because it is a must see. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
July 26, 2015
The movie sustains a certain suspense throughout, one that is hard to come by in mystery style thrillers these days.
½ July 22, 2015
Somewhat predictable, but, but, but it will let you be a detective for a couple of hours, which is great! You should also watch it.
July 18, 2015
All the credit goes to the superbe acting. I would have found the story predictable and boring otherwise, but with Jackman and Gyllenhaal presence this movie went beyond.
July 17, 2015
Denis Villeneuve's film is so masterfully made it is impossible not to get caught-up in it. Completely grounded in reality, this thriller only seems familiar. Nothing quite prepares you for where it goes.
July 12, 2015
As close to perfect as it gets
July 10, 2015
Very intense and well acted
September 20, 2013
Prisoners is ultimately a question to the audience. Whether it be ethical or emotional, how far are you willing to go to protect the ones you love? There is a lot of depth and complexity to be found. The story here is the aftermath of a father dealing with loss and a troubled cop working to find two little girls. Developing onto that is the characters' sense of morality, driven by fear and desperation, that give the film much of its substance. It's paced slowly, letting each scene breathe with both finesse in its cinematography and dreadfulness in its context. It has this raw, convincing, and haunting feel about it that's constantly gripping. Director Denis Villeneuve knows exactly how frame a shot to absorb the audience in countless tense and disturbing scenes. Much of this tension is delivered through the incredible talent of the actors. Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal specifically stand out as they portray almost real characters with real problems and emotions. The dialogue is expressive and meaningful enough to elevate the drama to a masterful level. What separates this from most other suspenseful thrillers is how complex, smart, and dynamic the story is. What you thought you were walking into isn't the same film when you walk out. It leaves a relentlessly powerful impact, both in thought and feeling.
June 24, 2015
June 21, 2015
Very well written, kept the mystery going until the end. Never saw that ending coming.
½ June 20, 2015
Villeneuve follows up his obsession with spiders in 'Enemy' by obsessing over snakes in the thrilling 'Prisoners'. Strong performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman.
June 7, 2015
The big third-act exposition dump is pretty bad, and reveals the plot, which was already getting a bit ridiculous, to be really god damn trashy. But Villeneuve's direction rises above it for the most part, being tense, atmospheric (although more grimdark "life is pain, the world is full of monsters" than a modern DC comic book movie), and compelling. This score is probably more than the dumb script deserves, but god damn it's a pleasure to watch.
June 6, 2015
Boasting truly masterful deliveries all across the board, an unbelievably good script and ultra-precise direction, this is one that you really, really don't want to pass on, this film is the very essence of storytelling.
½ May 18, 2015
Although unique, it fails to strike a lot of interest.
June 4, 2015
Definitely the best crime drama this year! The story is very well executed. The acting is tremendous. Hugh Jackman shines his acting as well as Jake Gyllenhaal. It feels like "The Dark Knight" kinda feeling again while watching this film. It rages you when you watch this film since its all about their children abducted for days. Mysterious crime riddles as how they solve their problems seeking their children out of the danger. Tremendous plot and the acting is beyond. Definitely a must see for movie goers. The best crime drama up to date since "The Place Beyond The Pines". Perfect 5 for me.
½ March 26, 2014
A haunting reminder of the dangers that lurk right outside our doorsteps, Prisoners, while slow paced, had a chilling intrigue that slowly pushed me to the edge of my seat. Hugh Jackman, in my opinion, deserved an Oscar for portraying a grieving father who would stop at nothing to find his daughter. There are many levels of humanity that are explored in the film that all fall under the darker aspects of the human persona: wrath, depression, cowardliness, suspicion, deceit, etc. which in turn creates a very dark and sometimes dreary tone that may not be for everybody. Just remember that this is a movie and if you have to react harshly to the evil that is portrayed in the film then treat it, once again, as a reminder to the evil that lurks out in the world.
January 3, 2014
150531: Haven't felt like this during a movie since Se7en (1995) or The Road (2009). Dread. This is a dark film. Extremely dark. You won't get bored and, likely, you'll want people to get their shit together faster. This was a hard film to watch but I couldn't turn away. Scares me because, sadly, its premise is based upon some semblance of truth. By the end you'll be hanging on for dear life.
Super Reviewer
May 24, 2015
Beautifully shot with some great acting, but the story is far too predictable.
September 11, 2014
For a movie that long it doesn't bored me for a minute , 2 favorite actors in it is a bonus real happy ending ...
Second time still great !
May 11, 2015
Canadian Denis Villenuive is on a role. Two films in one year, both excellent and now he's directing Blade Runner 2. Prisoners is a superb thriller that captures empathetic characters, a gripping storyline and a pitch-perfect ending. There is never a false note and the film doesn't feel "Hollywood" for a second. Jackman's performance is memorably intense and the audience is left thinking what's right and what's wrong. It is not just about a prisoner but rather about how we are all prisoners of our own minds and perceptions.
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