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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29 of 31 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Willy Eckerslike TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 July 2014
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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18 of 20 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
Two girls have been kidnapped; but who did it? The local rozzers are on the job led by Jake Gyllenhaal in fine form. The father (well-played by Hugh Jackman) is of the know-all ranting variety who cooks off faster than Barry, Gary and Terry. Is it the daft lad in the RV (Paul Dano continuing his good work)? Then there's this mystery chap sneeking around and the paedophile priest with a body in the cellar. That barely starts to cover the clues in this long, intense and unpleasant mystery. Stick with it though, and keep watching carefully; all the clues are there. Intense.
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Format: Blu-ray
Prisoners is a 2013 thriller directed by the gifted Denis Villeneuve. The films cast includes Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano. Powered by an unusually rich, twisty script by Aaron Guzikowski (“Contraband”) and career-best performances from Jackman and Gyllenhaal. This is the tale of two Pennsylvania families searching for their kidnapped daughters. The plot focuses on the abduction of two young girls in Pennsylvania and the search to find them. But the abduction is only the beginning of the movie. The movie is shot beautifully and adds to the almost unbearable tension for two-and-a-half hours of the screen time. The movie had me standing for whole second half. This movie is the kind of adult drama of the sort Hollywood almost never makes anymore. I enjoyed this movie and would definitely recommend it.

Thank you for reading my review.
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