Film of the Week: Prisoners

Rating: R
Runtime: 2 hours and 33 minutes
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Written by:  Aaron Guzikowski
Staring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard

Plot: How far would you go to find a person you love? A parents’ worst nightmare comes to fruit when two girls from two separate families go missing. As Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) is set on a trail to find the missing girls, one of the fathers named Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) takes matters into his own hands by torturing who he thinks is the kidnapper.

Mini-review: 153 minutes may seem too long, but Director Villeneuve pulls you in from the very beginning, making sure that every moment is well spent. Prisoners is a film that makes its audience fully absorb the dread and suspense thanks to its amazing cast and emotionally charged story.

Hugh Jackman, most famous as Wolverine, plays a grieving father hellbent on finding his daughter. While his actions aren’t the same way as Liam Neeson’s role in Taken, his goal and characters are crystal clear like every other main character. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Detective Loki, a seemingly calm and collected detective who only requires a little spark to snap.

The film explores several ideas such as God’s sovereign will which sets in contrast to the characters, especially Keller Dover, who forces his way in search for answers. It also takes a dip into mental illness without fully exploring its scope. Prisoners is a refreshing crime thriller, letting you search for your own answers while pulling its own twists and turns now and then. It doesn’t add anything special to the crime genre nor is it groundbreaking like Director Villeneuve’s other work, but if you’re up for long movies and a genuinely interesting neo-noir film, then look no further.




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