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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

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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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Audience Reviews for Prisoners

With fantastic performances (Gyllenhaal deserves 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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

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.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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