"Every moment matters"
This Crime Drama movie was directed by and released on 20 September 2013. Prisoners (2013): starring
. This movie scored 8.1/10 by 241,243 votes.
Prisoners Movie Storyline:
How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki arrests its driver, Alex Jones, but a lack of evidence forces his release. As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, knowing his child's life is at stake the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Coming from the Oscar® nominated director Denis Villeneuve, the American Crime Thriller movie Prisoners was premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival 2013. Written by Aaron Guzikowski and executive produced by Mark Wahlberg.
Denis Villeneuve has set the silver screen ablaze with yet another horror story of missing children in the genre of drama, suspense and mystery. Once more a desperate father decides to play the detective himself when the law is unable to nail the criminal. Oscar nominees, Hugh Jackman, as the protagonist, Keller Dover, and Jake Gyllenhaal, as Detective Loki, are undoubtedly authentic in their roles. Paul Dano, as Alex Jones, the prime suspect with a 10-year old's IQ evokes mixed emotions.
The plot has a cathartic effect on the audience, who fear the worst for their children in a world increasingly populated by sick men. The suspense is gripping and David Denby, of the New Yorker, calls it "A sombrely impressive thriller in the style of Mystic River and Zodiac".
Written by Aaron Guzikowski, 'Prisoners' has quite a smattering ideology in it. The events happen after Thanksgiving dinner and the movie opens with the Lord's Prayer being recited. The pace of the movie is not hurried; though every minute is supposed to count in order to find the little girl alive.
The movie has been 'R' rated since it contains violence and torture and the language is not for everyone. One critic says "the Prisoners unfolds like a Russian nesting doll" and continues to say "In addition to being a gripping whodunit, Prisoners is a harrowing crime drama with a complex moral conundrum, namely how far would one go to protect their child".
'Prisoners' is a long drawn out movie running all of two and a half hours. It could have been more effective had it been put together more compactly. Yet the advantage here is the long hours allows for character development.
With an overall critic rating of 84% on the acclaimed website 'Rotten Tomatoes" the movie has managed to gather an audience of 98% on the same website. Many critics believe that although this American thriller is 'rooted in 40 years of Hollywood revenge films,' it manages to look bold hence different.
The Telluride Film Festival, at the end of August, screened it as a "surprise" movie and the reception it received bodes well for the movie. Villenue has been acclaimed as an ace director, who uses the camera to produce stunning results. Roger Deakin is a cinematographer par excellence who has made sure that "Prisoners' will rank among the best movies of the year.