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Abduction thriller starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano. Well-to-do family man Keller Dover (Jackman) is thrown into a world of paranoia and suspicion when his daughter and her friend go missing. With the only lead being a run-down RV which was parked outside the house, Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) heads an investigation into the disappearance, tracks down the vehicle and arrests the driver (Dano), but a lack of evidence pointing to the man's guilt leads to him being released from custody. Feeling that justice will be a long time coming and that his daughter's life may be in danger, Keller takes matters into his own hands and begins a desperate search to find the two girls...

Starring:
Len Cariou, Hugh Jackman
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Prisoners

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 33 minutes
Starring Len Cariou, Hugh Jackman, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Dylan Minnette, Jane Mcneill, Melissa Leo, King, Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal
Director Denis Villeneuve
Genres Thriller
Studio E1 Entertainment
Rental release 3 February 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 33 minutes
Starring Len Cariou, Hugh Jackman, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Dylan Minnette, Jane Mcneill, Melissa Leo, King, Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal
Director Denis Villeneuve
Genres Thriller
Studio E1 Entertainment
Rental release 3 February 2014
Main languages English

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 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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63 of 67 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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36 of 39 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DGood on 5 Jan. 2015
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Many modern thrillers include so much (often gratuitous) violence you either switch off the DVD player or you have to get so much distance you don't get involved. This movie is the absolute opposite, I watched it a couple of weeks ago and the feeling of anguish is still with me and I can call up many of the scenes and replay them in my mind. The acting and directing are brilliant. in my opinion, it's up there with 'In the Valley of Elah' and 'There will be blood'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 Feb. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I believe this to be a film worthy of it's acclaim.
Almost from the outset of the film 'Keller Dover's'(Hugh Jackman) six year old
daughter 'Anna' and her friend 'Joy' go missing.
The police have an early suspect 'Alex Jones' however because lack of evidence,
and despite 'Keller's' plea to hold the suspect, the arresting officer 'Detective Loki'
(Jake Gyllenhaal) will have to release the suspect after 48 hours have past.
The investigation and search becomes intense, however the girls are not found.
'Detective Loki' leaves no stone unturned in an effort to find the young friends.
Hours turn into days, 'Keller' becomes desperate believing he can find the answers
the police have failed to do, he takes matters into his own hands.
'Keller' has involved 'Franklin' 'Joy's' father in pursuit of the truth, the thing being is
the focus of their attention right or wrong.
An intense and gripping drama indeed, there are scenes of torture and violence along
the way.
The film will hold your attention throughout, the plot will almost certainly tie you up in
knots ( so to speak) as the suspense intensifies.
Some great performances on board, especially that of 'Hugh Jackman'
Good picture and Sound Quality.
Extras - Powerful Performances.
- Every moment Matters.
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