Written September 22, 2013
With Amanda Berry fresh on everyone's mind, Prisoners couldn't be more relevant. Prisoners takes us into a parent's worst nightmare. This sinister story weaves a tangled web that requires you to pay attention or you may not connect all of the dots even after the movie ends. Hugh Jackman gives an amazing performance.
I did have a few issues with this movie. I'm all for movies taking as long as necessary to properly tell their stories, but Prisoners starts to drag. That works against the sense of urgency and makes you think more time has passed in the story than actuality. Also, the plot takes a lot of liberties with police protocol that probably would have solved the case right away, but we wouldn't have a movie then, would we?
The flaws in this movie are so well concealed that most won't take issue at all. It's a good flick and certainly worth a watch.
There's nothing during or after the credits
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Written September 21, 2013
An absolute stunner--one of the best movies of this genre in years. The script is tight, clever, and the characters complex and vivid. The action is thrilling without being manipulative or predictable. Another Oscar nomination for Melissa Leo, and Jackman too.
Written August 22, 2014
If you enjoy extremely dark movies with little to no plot and not one character to root for, you'll love this film. Can't believe the actors thought this was a good script. Make your own decision, but I would like my money and 2-1/2 hours back....
Written September 20, 2013
“Prisoners” is one of the most intense films I have ever seen in a theater, and even with its two and a half hour running time, you are kept on the edge of your seat for every moment. The script, penned by Aaron Guzikowski (“Contraband”), is sharp and the movie looks fantastic as filmed by the amazing cinematographer Roger Deakins (“True Grit,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”) and directed by Denis Villeneuve (“Incendies”). It is a real treat when a film comes together so well. The filmmakers were able to create a film of such power and intensity that never lapses into overboard territory and was riveting, exciting, joyful, heart-breaking and once again extremely intense.
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Written September 21, 2013
A movie of Hitchcock proportions. In a suspenseful way the movie brings the message that we are prisoners of our own dark nature. The question the movie asks is, "What would it take for each of us to lose our morals and humanity?" Though appearing slow to start every word and scene has meaning and is a piece of the puzzle. Each part is so interconnected that taking to long to settle into your seat will cause you to miss the coin phrases that frame the message of the movie. The director shows us that man is only one step away from coming face to face with his own inner demons. It is then that the biblical message of praying for forgiveness becomes so profoundly touching.