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½ January 20, 2017
This movie depicted a scenario that was beyond any parents worst nightmare. It was complicated and thrilling, but also touching to see the extremes that parents are willing to go to for their children. The acting was brilliant. Gyllenhaal and Jackman were amazing. This film will not end the way you think it will. Definitely worth seeing.
½ January 17, 2017
It's long, emotional, and dread inducing, but for those who pay the price, Prisoners makes for very rewarding, and slightly disturbing, viewing.
January 16, 2017
Great movie, edge of the seat stuff!!
½ January 14, 2017
Brilliantly acted by Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Denis Villeneuve, this is an amazing movie with a very tough plot, very hard to watch. You need stomach to handled everything that those parents suffer.
½ January 13, 2017
Prisoners shows the desperation of losing your child and what lengths you'd go to find them. Would you wait for the authorities to find him or her? Its an interesting process this film takes in the development of how kidnapping is handled. Hugh Jackman gives a emotional performance and very tense edge of your seat ride throughout the film until the dramatic conclusion. Jake Gyllenhaal's performance may not be his best but it's definitely up there with the many. His character is more of a serious/calm, he's intent on finding the child by the book and investigating with whatever evidence is found. This conflicts with Jackmans character in convicting what he see's in-front of him and pursuing it. Thrilling film and tense conclusion. Great Directing, Great Cinema.
January 10, 2017
Há um bom tempo vagando pela minha listinha pessoal, Os Suspeitos (2013) de Denis Villanueve é o clássico filme de suspense, ou seja, aquele que realmente promove uma tensão para o espectador e o deixa curioso sobre o que vem a seguir. Além disso, ainda tem em sua vantagem ser um filme de mistério, ou seja, algo que dá mais curiosidade ainda sobre o desfecho, e repleto de simbologias a começar pela cena inicial do longa. Com um elenco de peso, Os Suspeitos segue a partir de uma caça. O caçador é Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), um nobre homem tipicamente americano, e sim, no jeito mais estereotipado e brutal da palavra: orgulhoso, cristão, teimoso e que defenderia sua pátria, no caso, família até o inferno. É durante o dia de Ação de Graças que, ao passar o dia comemorando com sua família na casa de seu amigo Franklin Birch (Terrence Howard), a sua espoleta filha mais nova Anna (Erin Gerasimovich) e a amiga Joy Birch (Kyla-Drew Simmons) somem sem deixar vestígios. A princípio ele e sua mulher Gracie (Maria Bello) acham que elas estavam com Ralph (Dylan Minnette), o irmão mais velho, porém a história é muito mais profunda e difícil de se resolver. Depois de procurarem muito por elas, o garoto se lembra que ao levar elas para um passeio, brincaram muito próximas a uma van que de longe parecia-se estacionada, mas que ao se aproximarem mais perceberam que havia uma pessoa lá dentro. É a partir do BO feito pela família Dover que surgem dois tipos de "heróis" no filme. Detetive Loki (interpretado pelo meu amor Jake Gyllenhaal) era o oficial da polícia mais próximo ao local de onde estava localizado a van, e em sua abordagem ao elemento encontra Alex Jones (Paul Dano), um jovem com uma mente infantilizada, a inteligência de um garoto de 10 anos. Alex é estranho, tímido e parece muito um molestador de crianças tendo em vista sua mente infantil, porém é inofensivo para a polícia. Isso deixa Keller, o pai de uma das meninas, putaraço e logo ele se revolta contra Loki e a polícia, sequestrando Alex e dando início a um interrogatório mais pesado que os treinos do ator que o interpreta, cheio de tortura e carpintaria. E é essa a dúvida que permeia a cabeça do espectador: as ações de Keller são justas? Necessário não é. O filme foca muito também na questão religiosa, tendo em visto que um de seus heróis é totalmente cristão - e é o mais hardcore - recitando até mesmo versos do Pai Nosso antes de cometer alguma atrocidade - é interessante notar uma cena onde ele está prestes a cometer mais uma atitude violenta com Alex, quando em sua oração ele não consegue dizer "(...) assim como nós perdoamos os nossos devedores" - e o outro é notavelmente um personagem obscuro, desde as suas tatuagens ao seu próprio nome. Loki, o astuto deus trapaceiro da mitologia nórdica é inteligente, calculista e age como um antiherói, além de ser também um metamorfo. O detetive Loki demonstra muito da personalidade do deus, talvez só não demonstre a parte que faz o deus legal (metamorfo e filhodaputa), e se contrapõe à imagem deturpadamente cristã que Keller representa. Em suas tatuagens, há outros tipos de símbolos pagãos e maçônicos, enfatizando a obscuridade que define Loki. E então fica a dúvida: no fim, quem era o herói dá história? O cristão que ultrapassou seus limites ao lidar com o desaparecimento de sua filha ou o detetive workaholic empenhado em salvar vidas? É uma questão ambígua. Para uns os atos de Keller são totalmente justificáveis, mas para outros eles extrapolam e muito a linha dos Direitos Humanos. Somos tão acostumados com associar a figura do obscuro como perversa e maligna que podemos deduzir que Loki é um trapaceiro que nem seu xará nórdico e que armou tudo antes mesmo de ver o filme, mas em minha opinião não consigo ver outro herói no filme sem ser ele. Keller não foi um herói, ele foi um pai dedicado a proteger seus filhos. Seria um herói se não tivesse ficado louco, mas quem sou eu pra definir qual o limite de um pai dedicado?

Se você gosta de um bom suspense, um filme mais cabeça como um labirinto sem sentido e que no final tudo começa a se esclarecer, não tem outro filme melhor que Os Suspeitos.
January 7, 2017
Canadian arthouse landmark director Denis Villeneuve decided to finally breakthrough into U.S. market with is mainstream debut "Prisoners". In spite of the big names on the cast, Villeneuve maintains all the aspects that conform the integrity of his directing. Shots that show the tension of the situation, and clear details that impact you immediately.

The story is slowly paced, and has many twists along side it, some working better than others, but what really prevents the running time from being a bothering aspect, is the greatly constructed characters and the respecting solid acting's from the cast. Jackman's troubled and agressive father demands your attention, but it's Gyllenhaal's meditative cop who really stands out for me.

The grimy and bleak tone of the story is portrayed with expertise by the masterful hand of cinematographer Roger Deakins, and this really adds to the constant atmosphere of suspense. For this reason, and Villeneuve's style of direction, one might draw comparations with David Fincher's style, something that isn't actually bad per se.

The main problem with the film is its heavy-handed religious symbolism, which never really adds anything to the actual story line, and is deeply under-used. Aside from that, there are some points in the story that seem somewhat out of place, but still, these don't really ruin the viewing experience.

Overall, Prisoners is a greatly crafted Thriller, with outstanding acting's, award-worthy photography and an interesting story that keeps you hooked for its somewhat overlong running time.
½ January 2, 2017
Pray for the best, but prepare for the worst.
½ January 1, 2017
"Prisoners" is a dark and grim tragedy that will keep tensions high and hearts hurting.

When a child goes missing, Detective Loki takes on the case for this respective family. In a grueling and long, seemingly endless mystery, we'll experience the pain of losing a child and just how far one will go to put things back to normal.

"Prisoners" is an emotional and tragic story about a pair of families who lose their young daughters. Not only is this just hard to watch at times, but it's also really painful. This film is emotional and it just drains you. You're watching this family experience this loss and there's really no words to describe it. I don't think anyone would know what to do when it comes to losing their child and I can't imagine experiencing that. Seeing it play out is enough for me.

This film is a really good, intriguing mystery film. It's a mix between like a crime and a drama film because you're going along this journey with the detective to figure out who committed the crime, but you're also following the family's story. This movie keeps you guessing and wondering and it never really has a clear cut answer. It's very dark and the entire mystery somehow constantly added more and more layers to the story. It was a very fun (I use that term loosely) story to try and analyze and solve.

Hugh Jackman has an amazing and gut wrenching performance here. You see just how far a Father will go to find his daughter and the surplus amount of pain that comes with that. He does things and experiences things that most other men won't, all because this is such a painful tragedy. Jake Gyllenhaal, who's still my favorite actor today, also gives a great performance. He plays the serious and firm detective with a twitch, and he also does a great job as one of the primary leads. Paul Dano also gives one of his eeriest performances to date, playing a low IQ, potential suspect boy. All the performances were fantastic in this film and they really brought out that emotional gravity of the situation.

The screenplay overall was amazing. I loved the dialogue and the chain of events. This is a long, drawn out film that might not necessarily be for everyone, but it's still a fantastically structured script.

In the end, "Prisoners" is one of the best films of 2013, being one of the darkest and most real dramas out there.
December 27, 2016
One Word: Brilliant!!!
½ December 23, 2016
For anyone looking for a great thriller/mystery/suspense film, this is it.
Super Reviewer
December 20, 2016
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.
December 19, 2016
Absolutely brilliant storyline and acting by an all star cast. The twist is one of the bests.
½ December 17, 2016
What "Gone Girl" should of been.
December 6, 2016
A well crafted disturbing thriller.
November 27, 2016
Chilling, interesting. Great cast and performances.
November 13, 2016
slow but sure, the movie drive the tension quite well, and fantastic performance by all the actors.
November 12, 2016
One of the best directed movies, Prisoners captures the tone of the movie perfectly with outstanding performances and doesn't hold back from the gorier stuff either.
November 11, 2016
Great experience filled with great acting, suspense, and great directing.
½ November 10, 2016
Depths of humanity, passion, insanity, reason vs delusion, the quest for truth, the longing for relief of a heart in anguish. How far would you go?
This was brilliant, full of emotion, but also disturbing. Deep, gripping, well acted, and artistically shot. Plus a homicide mystery. The twist wasn't as big a surprise as I thought, I kinda suspected. And I guess the last act was definitely the weakest. Like it turned into a cliche whodunnit.Too bad. 7.5/10
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