Prisoners (2013)

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Critic Consensus: 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
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R (for disturbing violent content including torture, and language throughout)
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Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

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
Erin Gerasimovich
as Anna Dover
Kyla-Drew Simmons
as Joy Birch
Wayne Duvall
as Captain Richard O'Malley
Len Cariou
as Father Patrick Dunn
David Dastmalchian
as Bob Taylor
Brad James
as Officer Carter
Anthony Reynolds
as Officer Wedge
Robert C. Treveiler
as Forensics Guy
Sandra Ellis Lafferty
as Mrs. Milland
Victoria Elizabeth Staley
as Check Out Girl
Todd Truley
as Detective Chemelinski
Brian Daye
as Desk Sergeant
Alisa Harris
as Police Clerk
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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Critic Reviews for Prisoners

All Critics (231) | Top Critics (54)

Jackman is still in his phase of high-masculine misery... The entire performance is an exclamation point, and he swings it like a baseball bat.

Full Review… | October 4, 2013
Grantland
Top Critic

Prisoners is weary after ten minutes, and I suppose it has persuaded itself that its length is justified by its solemn gaze into the abyss.

Full Review… | September 26, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

In less talented hands, the story could lapse into the maudlin. But Villeneuve, director of the Oscar-nominated Incendies, seems to know just how far to go; only one moment feels less than authentic, but it would be a spoiler to mention it.

Full Review… | September 24, 2013
Associated Press
Top Critic

It's got lofty aspirations but it also wants to wallow in the muck - to thrill you and sicken you in equal measure while also being About Something.

Full Review… | September 22, 2013
ChristyLemire.com
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Ethical exploration or exploitation? In the end, I come down reservedly on the former side: the work done here by Jackman, Gyllenhaal, and especially Villeneuve is simply too powerful to ignore.

Full Review… | September 20, 2013
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Prisoners is unforgettably relentless in asking moviegoers if Keller has gone too far. And, by extension, asking us how far we would go.

Full Review… | September 20, 2013
Denver Post
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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 certainly one of the best films of the year.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Grim, ugly and violent. Good acting but not enjoyable as a viewing experience.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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