Prisoners (2013) – Encore Review

“Look, kid, we can’t always save the day. All right? We’re just cops. Janitors.” – Captain Richard O’Malley

Number of Times Seen – Twice (13 Nov 2013 and 23 Nov 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – After their young daughters mysteriously disappear together, two couples do all they can to try and force the police to solve the kidnappings before its too late.

My Take on it – This is a thriller that I recall seeing not long after it first came and didn’t recall much about what happens besides the overall plot.

In my quest to watch more movies featuring Jake Gyllenhaal, I decided to refresh my memory on this film.

This is such a gripping and powerful thriller that is able to work on numerous levels.

The film’s cast is great and Hugh Jackman does a superb job in the lead role because we can feel his character’s emotions throughout.

The supporting cast features Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Paul Dano and Maria Bello and they are all wonderful to watch as these characters.

The film asks some very powerful questions about how one would act in certain situations and makes things so gut retching to watch as things unfold.

The film’s twists and turns are great ad are able to enhance the story so much along the way.

The way that they present the mystery is done so well and remains gripping throughout largely due to the way that things play out.

The film’s run time might be slightly too long yet they find the right pace for the story which doesn’t feel as if it lags at all as the story progresses.

Bottom Line – Excellent thriller that is able to work on so many levels. The cast is superb and we can really believe that these characters are going through some gut retching decisions throughout the film. The twists and turns are great to watch and help enhance things even more. The mystery of the story is told in such an intriguing way that is stays so gripping throughout.  The run time is a bit long, but due to the way that the story unfolds, it’s about to stay really thrilling and engaging throughout.  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When detective Loki is looking through the notebook he finds at Bob Taylor’s, the last page you see has a character drawn on it that looks a lot like the rabbit from Jake Gyllenhaal’s movie Donnie Darko (2001). (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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