Prisoners is one the most suspenseful movies I’ve seen in a while. Who done it? You won’t be able to figure this one out. There are so many suspects, twist and plots that you’ll be literally sitting on the edge of your seat. Two little girls go missing on Thanksgiving day. Their families are shaken to near collapse. One father is willing to go beyond the call of duty to get his daughter back.
I have some mixed feelings about this movie because the guessing game goes a little too far for my taste. I can’t really explain this without creating “spoilers”. Despite any reservations I might have, there is some great acting in this movie. Hugh Jackman gave a phenomenal performance showing why he will go down as one of the great and versatile actors of our time. Performances by Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello and Terrence Howard were outstanding. One of my favorite was the performance by Melissa Leo who has done a lot of TV as well as “Frozen River” which you can find on this site as one of the highly rated movies I’ve reviewed. Normally, I wouldn’t suggest seeing a movie with no special effects, dancing or science fiction on the big screen but this one is a “see it now” kind of movie so I suggest that you invest your time and the price of a ticket. I rate Prisoners 8.5 out of 10 because it really gets you thinking while you’re also entertained.
[PRISONERS is nominated for Achievement in Cinematography]