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Critic Reviews for Prisoners
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grim, ugly and violent. Good acting but not enjoyable as a viewing experience.
|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.|
|Detective Loki:||With all due respect Captain, go fuck yourself.|
|Alex Jones:||They didn't cry until I left them|
|Alex Jones:||They didn't cry until I left them.|
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