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Prisoners (2013) Review

When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts.





Director: Denis Villeneuve

Writer: Aaron Guzikowski

Producer: Kira Davis


Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller


The film has a very gritty grey colour palette and some shots having silhouettes which is a staple in any film that Roger Deakins does the Cinematography for that heightens how dark the tone of it is. It is always raining or looks like its just about too and that adds to the dark story that is unravelling in front of my eyes.


The dialogue was the most normal conversations I have ever heard in a movie they weren’t anything special I struggled to think of a bit of dialogue that I remembered throughout the movie. The film is slow paced and patient but it only brings out how bleak the scenario is that the Dover family. This is the complete opposite from the third act of the movie which feels absolutely rapid.


There was a really good element of the story with Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) because he is just trying to find out where his daughter is but I felt very conflicted in whether I wanted him to use his powers to help find his daughter or whether to go about it the correct way through the police and that creates another great conflict between Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) and the father and how far the dad is willing to go to get his daughter back.


The villain is the perfect example of a villain. Although absent for the majority of the movie without giving much away she quotes a phrase from the bible and in the context of the movie its actually right. The phrase is how when we lose our faith we turn into demons and that is something that we have seen the Dad do throughout this film he lost his faith in the police and he turned into a demon to try and find his daughter. This is great storytelling when both the protagonist and antagonist are both right and something that we do not see enough of in movies.

Shout out to the make up department for doing an amazing job on Alex Jones (Paul Dano) beaten up face combined with the performance it made me squirm at how disgusting his face looked.


Amazing acting from Jake Gyllenhaal and one added characteristic is the twitch that he adds to his character that comes out more as the situations get more out of his control and Paul Dano even though for half the film, he is acting with just his eyes (like Tom Hardy in every Nolan movie) turns in a fantastic performance that its hard not to feel sorry for him.


To conclude, this film had such an interesting story with some great acting from all of the cast. It was patient but had enough elements to make it gripping.


Overall, I really enjoyed it.

I rate this movie a 4/5.

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