Prisoners stars Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal in a very tense crime drama about the kidnapping of two children, an impatient and angry father, and a slightly quirky detective who follows all the right clues, and then some, while the father goes off on any clue that comes his way.
And as you all know, emotionally reactive victims never get it right… do they?
After the kidnapping the only clue the police have is a strange RV that was parked down the street from the kid’s house. They later find the RV and arrest the occupant of the RV, a creepy sort of guy (Paul Dano). But there’s no evidence to support the arrest, so the police let him go. But Keller Dover (Jackman) has a gut feeling, and kidnaps him, taking him to an abandoned building, to get information out of him, no matter how.
This is not your typical police drama kidnapping of a whodunit, but rather, a complex tale of two families whose daughters are kidnapped, multiple suspects who are or aren’t reeking of guilt, and the cop, Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal), charged with keeping track of them all, including Jackman’s character, who is more angry and vengeful instead of worried.
And it’s Jackman’s character that elicits the most concern from the movie viewing audience, as Keller Dover takes matters into his own hands.
Prisoners runs 153 minutes, but when a story is a good one, it’s not a bad thing. And it’s rated R for some disturbing events and scenes. Other cast includes Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo and others, in a story that has no bad characters. And I believe that director Denis Villeneuve has put himself on the map with this film.
Jackman portrays the angry father rather convincingly, and sucks you in, making you wonder if he’s right or not.
Gyllenhaal portrays a quirky, dedicated cop, who has a fascinating syndrome that isn’t a show stealer, but it’s there and makes you think.
And the story, in and of itself, makes you worry or wonder about Keller’s process of kidnap and torture. If he’s right, is this just? If he’s wrong, wow, he’s in deep s*!
Over all, I’d give Prisoners a dramatic 8. It’s worthy of a rental fee and if you’re a fan of Jackman or Gyllenhaal, it’s an awesome film to add to your collection, because both guys play a new kind of character I don’t think I’ve ever seen them play before.
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