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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27 of 29 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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17 of 19 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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1 of 1 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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By tallpete33 TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
If your daughter was kidnapped, you think you know who did it but the police won't listen ?

It's a snowy thanksgiving and a misunderstanding over the kids sees the youngest daughters of neighbours the Dovers and Birches left unattended, a terrible error as they soon realize that they are at neither house. The only clue they have is a scruffy RV the older children remember passing on the way down and being a small town the driver is soon arrested after a botched getaway. The driver is a young man of low IQ who is soon released due to lack of evidence and the assumption he wasn't smart enough to commit the crime however a comment he made to Keller Dover (Jackman) convinced the father otherwise. With his family in tatters, Dover is unimpressed by Detective Loki's (Gyllenhaal) efforts and decides to take matters into his own hands . . .

This is often a hard watch but a very compelling one. Jackman and Gyllenhaal are superb in this tense and moving drama that twists and turns and keeps you guessing until the end. The hard drinking carpenter and the dogged cop both want to find the children but have very different methods, one not constrained by the letter of the law and the other a time served cop with the finely honed instincts. They cross paths and cross swords as the story slowly develops but draws you in more and more as both make apparently glacial progress and the town's dark secrets come to light.

Thoroughly recommended, we watched this a week after Captain Phillips and this edged it for us although with Hanks (literally) at the helm of that one it will probably take more plaudits at the Oscars. If so that would be a shame IMO.
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