Movie Review: Prisoners (2013)


I have a thing for crime dramas. I don’t know why, I just love them. Whether they are movies or tv shows or books. I guess I like them so much since they intrigue me and show a certain kind of complexity that most things don’t. And today we are looking at a crime drama that got a lot of praise. And it features a huge/great cast.

Guys and gal…”Prisoners”.

Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) lives happily with his wife Grace (Maria Bello), his son Ralph (Dylan Minnette) and his young daughter Anna (Erin Gerasimovich). One day after Keller and Ralph had been hunting and managed to have gotten some deer, they go to a thanksgiving party with their friends. And their friends is the Birch family. They all have a good time. They eat, they sing, they talk, they laugh. But when it is time for the Kellers to go home, they can’t find Anna. And the Birch’s can’t find their youngest daughter Joy (Kyla Drew Simmons). So of course they go look for them, but also call the cops. The investigation is led by Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal). He asks every question that you would usually expect. They get clues like that when the girls were playing outside (watched by the teen from each respective family) they had played on an RV. So of course they look up who owned it. And it was owned by a certain Alex Jones (Paul Dano). So when they find out, they investigate and end up dropping it about him. But Keller does not give up about Alex being guilty and starts taking matters into his own hands. Now this story and how it plays out through the entire damn thing is just sublime! It is told in such a way that it makes you feel melancholic and even a little disturbed…but in a good way (if that is possible). Sure, this movie is depressing at times and shows some not too fun things…but it does a fantastic work with its story. Also, like my intro might have stated pretty indirectly, it is complex…and I love complex stories. So I do love this one.

The characters are like the story…complex. And most of them are equally fucked in the head one way or another. None of them is completely sane. For example, the longer the movie goes on, the further you see Keller dive into the pit we call insanity. Detective Loki is not that way really, he is more fucked in the way that he got a short fuse. Seriously…it does not take that much ot make him go boom. But that is why I like the characters (maybe like is the wrong word), they are so damn complex and got many layers. So the characters are flawed, fucked in the head and just great.

The music to me in this movie…is a lot like “Requiem For a Dream”. In other words, bonechilling. The score is also one of those that is incredible good…yet forgettable. And when soundtracks are like that…I get annoyed. I think you can see why. So yeah…amazing score.

This movie is incredibly well shot. The cinematography by Roger Deakins is amazing. Also perspective-wise, this movie got great work on that as well. Also, there is a scene in this movie that made me feel uneasy, mainly because that type of shit is one of my phobias. If you see this movie you will know what the hell I’m talking about.

Reception was really good for this movie. Rotten tomatoes holds the score of 82% and certified it “Fresh”. Metacritic holds the lowest scores of all sites I mention with a score of 74/100. No Roger Ebert reviews. holds the score of 8,1/10 on this and had it in its Top 250 list for a while. But now it isn’t on there anymore. Oh well. Also, it was Oscar nominated for Best cinematography.

I have said some pretty good things about this movie and am giving it a score. The score for “Prisoners” is a 9,45/10 and a recommendation to buy it. It is one of the most complex movies inn a good while without being a mindfuck. It also got some of the best performances I have seen in a good while, mainly from Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano. Also, this gets the “Seal of Approval”.


Review of “Prisoners” is now completed.

I should go watch something happy now after this disturbing thing…

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