Prisoners (2013) Review
I can’t seem to review this film without spoilers so be warned there are spoilers. I have been convinced to see this film through bloggers and friends. Not the type of films I would review, various reasons for that but I did and it was a good film, it’s just not my cup of tea, great film just not one I’d watch again but I would recommend it to others. It’s a very thrilling film and if I had kids it would disturb me a great deal. The acting is brilliant and whilst the film is horrendously long the story is griping throughout. I’ll go into much more detail below but for now bookmark this if you are waiting to see the film, leave any comments below, if you have seen the film then check out the spoiler sections and I will look forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts.
“Every day she’s wondering why I’m not there!!! Not you, but me!!!”
How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki arrests its driver, Alex Jones, but a lack of evidence forces his release. As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, knowing his child’s life is at stake the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended
Story: 85% Acting: 100% Characters: 85% Dialogue: 90%
Thriller/Abduction: 90% Style/Sound: 85% Visuals: 80%
The story starts just like most of these kidnapping films, most of which are made for TV is what I feared most walking into the screening. The story does go in a much darker place though with Hugh Jackman’s character though and we eventually get to a man whose snapped and will do anything to find his daughter, and so yeah he crosses a line. The question I had going through most of the film was is he delusional or is he correct about Alex Jones? Is he torturing an innocent mentally disabled man or is he failing to crack a sadistic mind? In a big ish twist (SPOILER!!!) the man he’s torturing is actually innocent and is in fact one of the victims just like his daughter. Naughty Jackman! The “Bad guy” is a clever character, lots of innocence and evil, and through the film you just don’t know. Plus his look is so creepy (Not an excuse).
Jake Gyllenhaal plays a very believable Detective Loki and quite frankly he was my favourite part of this film. The film has a lot of very powerful moments and one I specifically remember being hard to watch was the picture evidence scene, very sad as the teddy socks were revealed covered in blood. Good acting on Hugh’s side though. It was so far into this incredibly long film. Okay now my nit-picking complaints, why both of the wives are broken and useless? And the husbands are strong and looking for their daughters. The length is nearly unbearable. Both in the sense that it’s a long time and that the type of film it is takes its toll. Didn’t’ need to be two and a half hours! I wanted to do this review on Sunday but didn’t get back until just after midnight.
The best reviews I found would be these:
“Just a warning for parents out there, you might not want to take your young kids to see it, they might get nightmares. At the screening I went, some parents brought their kids to the movie, I just went “WTF!”, did they think it’s a kind of movie their children would enjoy!? Seriously, what the heck is wrong with some of these parents?” Flix Chatter. Full Review
“Imagine your children are all of a sudden removed from your life. You’re not sure where they are or how they are doing; you don’t even know if they are alive after a week of being missing. What would you do to get them back, and to what lengths would you go to ensure that that happens? It’s not exactly an easy watch, no. . . but these dire circumstances make for extremely engrossing viewing. Even if you’re not the head of a household, you’re going to find this an involving and sprawling story that’s difficult to believe is not BOATS.” Digital Shortbread. Full Review
“For some, Prisoners will be a long strand of darkness to get through, and in one piece no less, but for those that are as determined as the characters in the movie itself, you’ll find it a rewarding, tense, exciting, and very thoughtful thriller, even if it does shoot itself in its own foot by the end.” Dan The Man’s Movie Reviews. Full Review
My favourite scene would have to be the probably the end, SPOILER!!! Basically I thought the whistle was very interesting. Will they find him? Does Loki just ignore? You never know. Don, Don, Donnnn!