Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Written By: Aaron Guzikowski
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 2 hr 26 min
Prisoners asks the audience a simple question. If a member of your family was abducted, what lines would you cross for a chance to get them back? So in that way, this film should at least start some interesting conversations during the closing credits. The topic is well covered in Aaron Guzikowski’s script to as it covers the more aggressive actions taken by Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman). While others with the same stakes in the story are more comfortable assisting Keller, or simply turning a blind eye.
Prisoner’s is very well acted with a solid supporting cast behind two believable lead performances by Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhall. While the town of Conyers, Georgia during winter makes for a suitably harsh backdrop to tell the story. The film is very well made but not efficiently so, and I felt the pace should have picked up as more key elements of the story were revealed.
This is a slow moving movie, but it’s worth a watch if you can be a little patient. The violent actions by the characters are more insinuated than shown so the movie never turns into a ridiculous gore fest.
Best viewing format:
If you can’t wait, a matinee showing should be fine. Otherwise, you’ll enjoy this just as much with a quality HD viewing at home.
Best element for me:
As a man who’s moral compass starts to spin after his daughter is abducted, Hugh Jackman delivers a typically solid performance.