Prisoners 2014

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How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is facing every parent's worst nightmare.

Starring:
Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal
Runtime:
2 hours 33 minutes

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Prisoners

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Denis Villeneuve
Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal
Supporting actors Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
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. What starts as a seemingly straightforward case of kidnapping quickly spirals into an unsettling moral predicament.

"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!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte on 7 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I went to see this film in cinema upon release and after getting it on Blu-ray, I can still say it's one of the best films I've seen for a while, among others. The film sees Detective Loki (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) trying to solve the case of two missing girls. Keller Dover (played by Hugh Jackman) is the father of one of these children, and gets him and others in bad situations while trying to find his daughter also. The acting is great and the overall feel of the film is amazing. Its disturbing scenes and twisted paths leads you on a journey that leaves you adding everything together and speculating who is the real kidnapper.

This is one film I highly recommend to get hold of because it's definitely a must-see, and with strong characters and interesting writing, it's one that'll have you connecting everything up days after watching it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Garners68 on 21 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
This was a good movie with a good plot and for the first hour and half, it kept me glued to the screen but then I found my mind wandering as the movie went through a phase where it seemed to be going round in circles and not moving on in the story - eventually it began to pick up again and I began enjoying it again only for the very weak ending which just seemed to appear out of nowhere - it's like they all suddenly decided they'd had enough and wanted to go home themselves and it left a lot of unanswered questions.
I think this would have been better if it was shorter to give the story a more nail-biting punch and the ending could have been a lot better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mitun on 5 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
'Prisoners' is a mystery thriller that released in 2013 to critical acclaim and box-office success.

The story focuses on the search of two abducted young girls and the hunt for the kidnapper.

The movie is an intense and dark viewing right from the start. As the story progresses, the tension and suspense are heightened proving to be powerful viewing. The character development is excellent, making it hard to figure out the kidnapper.The problem arises in the second half with the plot becoming stagnant with events going round in convoluted circles. Things do get back on track later, but by that point the running time feels too long. So, I was looking forward to the ending that promised to compensate any shortcomings. Although there is an unexpected twist, the finish was just missing the killer punch. An emotionally complex story deserved a much stronger and effective ending.

The performances from the two lead men stand out the most and is the highlight of the movie. Hugh Jackman as the desperate father comes up with an emotionally charged portrayal. One of his career best and most convincing performance. Jake Gyllenhaal is brilliant as the obsessed Cop, acting out a compelling character with finesse. He actually steals the film from Jackman and should've been nominated for an Oscar. Paul Dano as the mentally challenged suspected kidnapper is creepy and effective. The rest of the cast including Maria Bello, Mellisa Leo, Terrence Howard and Viola Davis are wasted with not much screen time.

The direction by Denis Villeneuve when it comes to suspense and the acting is worthy. Where he falters is in the execution of the third uneven act.

'Prisoners' was a promising mystery that is only liberated by the powerhouse cast of Gyllenhaal and Jackman.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
On the surface, this looks like a bog standard police procedural thriller; children go missing, one obvious suspect, insufficient evidence, angry father, blah, blah, blah. In a lot of respects it is just what it seems but it still delivers tension, action and twists while refusing to conform to the much overused formula.

The atmosphere is splendidly bleak thanks to the grim Pennsylvanian November weather while the washed-out, nearly monochrome colour palette lends yet further grimness (it’s no wonder it earned an Oscar nomination for best cinematography). Couple this with cracking performances from Jackman & Gyllenhaal , magnificently managed tension from start to finish by a little known director, refreshingly anti -Catholic overtones and plenty of did-he-didn’t-he plot twists you have the recipe for a sure-fire winner. It almost manages it too, but for the seemingly rushed ending and myriad loose-ends flapping about. The eventual unveiling of the culprit should have come as a surprise but, unfortunately, we’ve watched far too many dramas in this genre so we had sort-of worked out the connections long before the somewhat slow witted Gyllenhaal.

The ending could, of course, be deliberately Cohen’esquely enigmatic, preferring to leave the viewer to fill in the gaps rather than providing a neat CSI-style i-dotting & t-crossing instantly forgettable ending but a bit of tidying-up would have been nice. Also, there are a good number of quiet and/or mumbling dialogue moments which require either a rewind or having the volume uncomfortable high.

I think I can mostly forgive the movie’s relatively minor failings though; it is an unusually dark, suspenseful, claustrophobic thriller, crammed with atmosphere and superb performances.
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