Imagine Law Abiding Citizen, with a witty plot instead of a cheesy one, Hugh Jackman instead of Gerard Butler, a decent law enforcer instead of a sissy, and an actual image of the human condition instead of unrealistic monstrosity and gore. Got the point? But Prisoners isn’t just about taking matter into our own hands, it’s about family, religion, and how far would our humanity last.
The movie starts off slow as Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) enjoys Thanksgiving with his family and their neighbors, until their two daughters disappear and a mysterious RV is suspected. The suspect is arrested by Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) and interrogated. Police does little else. Keller decides he has to do what it takes to find his little girl.
Prisoners makes you question the humanity in us, how far we would go to protect our loved ones, and how far some would go to feel better about their losses. The movie is so accurate it gets you hooked up, you get actually scared and worried for the two little girls, and you come to really hate the abductors. Some may think Keller went too far, others, like myself, think he did what he had to do to find his little girl. Even though Detective Loki does his job well, we can’t blame Keller for not trusting the police, after all, his daughter wants his protection before anyone else’s.
The movie’s sentimental and argumentative sides aren’t its only assets. Prisoners is a thriller, and a damn good one too. It starts off slow, and it feels slow, but not for a second would you lose attention, and if you check the time, half the movie would’ve passed within the blink of an eye. The movie is full of mysteries and full of riddles, but it also gives you everything you need to know to figure things out before the characters. But in the end, the twist is a damn good one, nothing I saw coming until it was a little too late. As far as thrillers go, this is a decent one.
With tremendous performances by the actors – Jackman really outdid himself this time –, and the whetted work of director Dennis Villeneuve and screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski, Prisoners is a movie worthy of being called one of the best this year. Watch it.
Rating: 8.0/10; Sentimental, argumentative thriller with good performances and a good twist.