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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

Product Details

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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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57 of 61 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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33 of 36 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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12 of 14 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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By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) hunts deer the first day of hunting season. In Pennsylvania, that is Thanksgiving. His family walks over to the Grovers to celebrate the Holiday. While there, Franklin Grover (Terrence Howard) decides to entertain with his trumpet and the next thing you know their young daughters are missing. The son recalls a van nearby that the girls wanted to play on. The police (Jake Gyllenhaal) quickly get the van and the driver (Paul Dano), but it is clean and the driver "has the mind of a ten year old." To the dismay of Keller, the police let him go with the expected vigilante results by Keller.

As it turns out the tale is slightly more twisted than on the surface. PLOT SPOILER ahead...

I will say the acting is good, but we have seen so many films of this genre they clearly ran out of catchy names and simply called this one "Prisoners" allowing the viewer to make everyone a prisoner either physically or of the mind. Yawn. I really liked the "Dirty Harry" version of this genre. Go ahead. Compare the dialogue. Make my day. It took both Jackman and Gyllenhaal together to do what Eastwood did better by himself.

I am not saying this is a bad film, by no means. It is certainly worthy of a rental, especially if you like to see parents lament over their missing child...which BTW I don't.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity. 3 1/2 stars
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