Prisoners – Movie Review

Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, Marie Bello, Terrence Howard, Paul Dano
153 minutes
Opens September 20, 2013

**** stars out of five

Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is facing every parent’s worse nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna (Erin Gerasimovich) is missing … along with her friend, Joy (Kyla Drew Simmons). As minutes turn into hours panic sets into the rural New England community. The only good lead turns out to be a mentally challenged young man, Alex Jones (Paul Dano). Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrests the prime suspect but has to release him due to a lack of evidence. It is then that Keller decides to take the law into his own hands.

Why See It?
With its star cast of exceptional actors, along with an edgy storyline, this mystery crime thriller grips the audience from beginning to end. Action packed with a few disturbing twists and turns – the 2 1/2 hour movie doesn’t let go. There is already a lot of media buzz about the central theme of Prisoners. It makes you ask the question, “How far would you go to protect your family?” Also, as the plot unfolds you realize that most of the central characters are a prisoner of some type of crippling circumstance. A true blockbuster jaw dropper.