Prisoners

Prisoners

DVD - 2013
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Keller Dover is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki arrests its driver but a lack of evidence forces his release. As the police pursue multiple leads, Dover knows his child's life is at stake and decides he must to take matters into his own hands. How far will he go to protect his family?
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2013
ISBN: 9780107842000
0107842009
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Pr
Description: 1 videodisc (153 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: R; for strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and some drug use, some involving children

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Nursebob
Nov 04, 2018

Thanks to Roger Deakins’ Oscar-nominated cinematography Denis Villeneuve’s moody whodunnit at least looks good with leaden skies hailing down sleet and wisps of ice fog drifting through a leafless forest. Unfortunately it all falls apart under the weight of its own gravitas as the director, so eager to convey a MESSAGE, throws in red herrings, clever-clever clues, and serpentine twists which seem more concerned with highlighting his protagonists’ demons rather than presenting a logical policer. Keller’s bravado is covering up his feelings of impotence; his wife is surrounded by prescription bottles; the Birches (whose daughter also went missing) have a moral compass spinning out of control; and Detective Loki is dealing with memories of the childhood trauma he himself suffered. Wow, it seems the missing girls are not the only prisoners here and Villeneuve fills every frame with intrusive images of angels and dangling crosses, stately stags and hastily whispered prayers just to make sure we understand there is a spiritual dimension at work beneath all the angry hysterics. As Loki, Jake Gyllenhaal is a conflicted mix of clinical cop and pained participant which never quite rings true while Viola Davis and Terence Howard have better luck as the Birches, their raw suffering providing the film with some much needed ballast. Even Melissa Leo’s small but pivotal role as the prime suspect's aunt, a woman who has already seen too much pain, is almost enough to fill in a few potholes. But in the role of Keller, Hugh Jackman’s raging ball of male machismo is just too much to bear as he bellows and smashes his fists into whatever is handy—I kept waiting for Wolverine’s knives to sprout from his knuckles. In the end, an otherwise sterling thriller is undone by Jackman's stagy emoting and a string of closing solutions which pushed the envelope a bit too far.

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allen60
Jul 18, 2018

Good movie lots of drama would of gave 4 stars but the ending I didn't like.

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lavasushi
Apr 27, 2018

Hugh Jackman is still in his high masculine misery. I hope a hot detective like Jake Gyllenhaal relentlessly looks for me if I go missing. Good acting but not enjoyable.

CarlitoQuinones Mar 22, 2018

Probably the best thing Hugh Jackman has ever been in.

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Mar 20, 2018

Downer dvd which takes too long to get its message across. Talents of Gyllenhall and Jackman wasted imho.

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Reading_Right
Feb 26, 2018

Are you kidding!?! Absolutely terrible, absurd script. Characters were completely unbelievable. And there are countless unrealistic scenes. (e.g. cops do NOT go into interrogation rooms with guns [guess why...], NO ONE [especially the father of one of the missing girls] would have been able to actually get to the 1st suspect, as he was leaving the police station, etc., etc.)
Also, trying to be convoluted and "tricky", the ending gets more and more ridiculous.
And last, but certainly not least, apparently the writers, producers and director aren't aware of the word "Accessory", as in 'Accessory to Kidnapping & Torture' (the black couple), let alone that the father (white) who directly did those things, would go to Prison for Life, even though "he did what he had to do". (Quote from his wife in the film.)
Then there is the standard Follywood "people who believe in God, and those who actually prepare for disasters (of all kinds) are just crazy & violent". [Hollywood 3:18]
Adding to all those things, it's just a dark, disturbing, disgusting (DDD) story.

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StudCane
Feb 17, 2018

Very well done - writing and acting.
Loved the intensity but the story was really disturbing.
Hugh Jackman was Awesome.
Its worth a watch!
Buckle In

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Justsaymo01
Dec 03, 2017

This movie will stick in your mind! We loved it even though it was long. No dull spots, keeps you on edge.

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chiquedee
Nov 04, 2017

The movie was really long. There were some parts it could have done without and still kept to the twists and turns of the plot line, but all in all it was a good movie. This weekend I watched KIDNAP with Halle Berry and then this. Had no clue beforehand that both dealt with the same subject matter and indeed have several similarities.

PRISONERS was multifaceted, kept me guessing to the end and the main actors did a good job. It depicts the lengths a parent would go to find their abducted child and how desperation will bring the best and worst out of someone.

Keller's character is somewhat religious and cautious when we meet him. When his little girl goes missing, we see the papa bear in him come out...viciously. But we see that he is not a sociopath even in that regard. He is driven by his desperation to seek answers in an unorthodox manner but he still struggles with his actions and moral standing before God.

Unfortunately for Alex, he is as much a victim in all of this although as the audience one feels to despise him for most of the movie until the tail end when we find out what really happened. That woman who claimed to be his aunt and her husband are psychopathic.

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AMerr22
Oct 22, 2017

GREAT MOVIE!!!!!

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aaa5756 May 25, 2014

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

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jimg2000
Feb 13, 2014

Eliza Birch: Did you feel bad for that deer when you shot it?

Ralph Dover: Do you feel bad for cows when you go into McDonalds?

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jimg2000
Feb 13, 2014

Keller Dover: Uh... did-did you give him a lie detector? You gave us a lie dete - did you give him one?

Detective Loki: Sir, I understand what you're asking me: yes we did.

Keller Dover: And?

Detective Loki: We gave him a lie detector, and there's no way of... A lie detector doesn't work if you don't understand the questions.

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Monolith
Jan 29, 2014

Keller Dover (to his son): "You know the most important thing your granddad ever taught me? Hmm? ...Be ready. Hurricane; flood; whatever it ends up being... No more food gets delivered to the grocery store; gas stations dry up... people just turn on each other, and uh... All of a sudden, all that stands between you and being dead, is you..."

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Monolith
Jan 29, 2014

Keller Dover: "Pray for the best, but prepare for the worst."

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Jul 11, 2015

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Sep 14, 2014

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AMerr22
Oct 22, 2017

Violence: Some disturbing scenes

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Ron@Ottawa
May 09, 2014

Violence: Some scenes of torture may be tough on the stomach for some.

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