Friday, September 20, 2013

Movie Review - Prisoners (2013)

Release Date:  Friday, September 20, 2013

Running Time:  153 minutes

Genre:  Crime/Drama/Thriller

Director:  Denis Villeneuve 

Writer:  Aaron Guzikowski 

Rating:  Rated R for disturbing violent content including torture and language throughout the movie.

Description:  When Keller Dover's six-year-old daughter and her friend go missing on Thanksgiving Day, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?




Hugh Jackman as Keller Dover

Jake Gyllenhaal as Detective Loki


Terrence Howard as Franklin Birch


Viola Davis as Nancy Birch

Maria Bello as Grace Dover


Melissa Leo as Holly Jones


Paula Dano as Alex Jones



  Leslie's Notes

  • This movie is very suspenseful and contains many plot twists while I tried to figure out what happened to the two missing girls and who was responsible for their disappearance.
  • Prisoners reminds me of the movies The Lovely Bones, Gone Baby Gone, The Call, Taken and Abduction.
  • The casting and acting in Prisoners is amazing and includes one Academy Award Winner (Melissa Leo for The Fighter-2010 and four other Academy Award nominated actors (Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables-2012, Jake Gyllenhaal for Brokeback Mountain-2005, Viola Davis for The Help-2011 and Doubt-2008 and Terrence Howard for Hustle & Flow-2005.)
  • Set in a small town in Pennsylvania at Thanksgiving, the movie features great cinematography of many outdoor locations scenes filmed in pouring down rain and snow.
  • The subject content is intense and there are also several violent scenes in the movie, but the script is very well written and the production is excellent.



1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your review. My sister is going to see Prisoners today, she is looking forward to it.