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
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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55 of 59 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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30 of 33 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 still searching TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
Two young girls are abducted after a Thanksgiving meal where their two families are celebrating in the home of one of them. The girls have wandered outside to play and go unnoticed for some time while the families enjoy one another's company. Eventually, people begin to notice their absence and then, very quickly, panic sets in and the two fathers (Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard) run off to look for them. In the meantime Jackman's son remembers that, earlier, the girls were fascinated by a motorhome parked a little way down the street when they had gone out prior to dinner. He tells his father and they go to look for the motorhome, which is now gone.

Enter the police, primarily in the form of Jake Gyllenhaal, who quickly locate the motorhome and its sole occupant and bring him into custody. However, when they try to interrogate him they find that he has the mental age of a 10 year old and are forced to release him after a forensic search shows no physical evidence of the missing girls in the vehicle.

This incenses Jackman's character who decides to take matters into his own hands with grim consequences! This film examines the obvious toll on all the members of a family whose child has been abducted and we witness the harrowing aftermath for all concerned as the tragedy unfolds before our eyes. The movie seems more to have echoes of `Dead Zone' rather than `Taken', as it scrutinizes the almost Gothic weirdness of small town America beneath the Norman Rockwell homespun, 'apple pie' type images that we are often fed.
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11 of 13 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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10 of 12 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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