I was not planning to watch "The Prisoners" thinking of it as some sort of action thriller taking place in prison. Boy, was I wrong. This intelligent, thought-provoking and masterfully executed by the well-cast group of actors (including Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman) film is easily the best thriller of 2013 that will blow your socks off.
"The Prisoners", a story of a search for two abducted girls, keeps you on the edge of your seat with the nagging sense of dread, several twists, events and developments that you just do not see coming. It has a vast field of clues and red herrings to let you build your own theories. This is definitely a must watch if you enjoy intelligent, clever films with superb acting and effective cinematography and emotional complexity. Be warned: there are plenty of disturbing and distressing scenes throughout the film, including some unspeakable cruelty that I found hard to watch.
But as a thriller, it fully deserves at least 4 stars!