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Prisoners has an emotional complexity and a sense of dread that makes for absorbing (and disturbing) viewing.



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PRISONERS, from Oscar (R)-nominated director Denis Villeneuve, stars Oscar (R) nominees Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal in a story that poses the question: How far would you go to protect your child? Keller Dover (Jackman) is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces the only suspect's release. Knowing his child's life is at stake, the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family? (c) WB


Jake Gyllenhaal
as Detective Loki
Hugh Jackman
as Keller Dover
Viola Davis
as Nancy Birch
Paul Dano
as Alex Jones
Maria Bello
as Gracie Dover
Melissa Leo
as Holly Jones
Terrence Howard
as Franklin Birch
Dylan Minnette
as Ralph Dover
Zoe Soul
as Eliza Birch
Wayne Duvall
as Captain Richard O'Malley
Len Cariou
as Father Patrick Dunn
Brad James
as Officer Carter
Anthony Reynolds
as Officer Wedge
Robert C. Treveiler
as Forensics Guy
Todd Truley
as Detective Chemelinski
Brian Daye
as Desk Sergeant
Alisa Harris
as Police Clerk
Rob Mello
as Roger
Jeff Pope
as Sex Offender #1
Rodrick Lee Goins
as Sex Offender #2
Mark Drum
as Sex Offender #3
Lana Yoo
as Chinese Waitress
Pam Smith
as Police Station Reporter #1
Gloria Webber
as Police Station Reporter #2
Michelle Keller
as Woman at Vigil
John Atwood
as Newscaster
Stacy Melich
as Woman Motorist
J. Omar Castro
as Cop in Hospital
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  • Feb 06, 2017
    Certainly Villenueve's most accessible film, but still a very good one.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2016
    A great drama with excellent performances from both Jackman and Gyllenhaal, although lessened by an unnecessarily complicated plot.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2016
    Outstanding acting, a tight, mesmerizing and engaging script and the directing make this one of the most exciting and best thrillers of recent years. The themes and questions raised here together with the images stay with you for a very long time. A gem of the genre.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2016
    As of now this is the best directed film of Denis Villeneuve. Prisoners makes your eyes glued to the screen, the characters are well written, the pacing is perfect, the story is magnificent and the twist in the finale blew me away like I did not see that coming. I forgot to mention how beautiful the cinematography is thanks to Roger Deakins. If you haven't seen Prisoners then you are in for a ride.
    Mr N Super Reviewer

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