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Prisoners (2013) – Excellent Actors and a Simple yet intriguing Plot


Category: Drama/Thriller
Actors: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard
Duration: 154 min
Rated: R

You might like this movie if you enjoyed:
The Vanishing (1993), Gone Baby Gone (2007)

Long Story Short:
Two girls get abducted, but the main suspect gets released after 48 hours, since there is a lack of evidence. Keller, one of the fathers decides to use his own methods in order to get a confession.

Prisoners is a very dark tale, that takes the viewer to the darker sides of a human mind and soul. And even though the actions Keller uses seem so extreme, I kept wondering how I would react in his situation. And the answer is, I don’t know. Does anyone know? Wouldn’t you do anything it takes to save your child even if you have to hurt someone in order to find her? The camera work is great, the color treatment just as dark as the topic, and they couldn’t have picked a better cast for the movie. I mean, Viola Davis seems to be in every other movie these days, Maria Bello is known for her dramatic roles, and if you know Terrance Howard is in it, it must be a good movie. The two protagonists are very convincing and make you follow them on every step, reliving their every thought and feelings. I have to admit the movie sucked me in from the very beginning, and didn’t let me go until it was over, but I had to check the time every now and then, because it was very very very very very very … long. Not boring, but long. I am not sure if they could have left certain scenes out to make the movie more of a blockbuster length, but then again, I don’t think it was supposed to be the usual blockbuster someone would watch on a Friday night. You have to expect a movie that seems very realistic and makes you think, maybe even after the movie is over. It is hard to watch sometimes and difficult to digest, but if you appreciate a compelling drama with amazing characters, and can bear a depressing atmosphere for 2.5 hours, you shouldn’t miss Prisoners. For me it was definitely worth watching, but it was probably just a one timer. Oh, by the way, when the end credits rolled in I noticed that Mark Wahlberg was the Executive Producer, which impressed me a lot. Obviously he knows what he is doing, and while doing research I noticed this was not his first time producing a movie. Kudos to him!

Rating: 7/10


  1. I was sure about going to watch this one, and then I missed it! 😀
    But I wonder if 2.5 hours will be a little too much for me considering the kind of movie this is 🙂
    Still I am interested, indeed! 😀

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