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Prisoners (2013)

Crime | 153 minutes
3,94 3.941 votes

Genre: Thriller

Duration: 153 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis

IMDb score: 8,2 (812.884)

Releasedate: 18 September 2013

Prisoners plot

"Every moment matters."

Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) faces a parent's worst nightmare when his 6-year-old daughter, Anna, and her friend go missing. The head of the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal), arrests the driver of a suspect motorhome, but a lack of evidence forces Loki to release his only suspect. Dover, knowing that his daughter's life is at stake, decides that he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands.

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avatar van Moddermonster


  • 47 messages
  • 336 votes

I don't understand the high rating of this movie. All very average and no more exciting than an average midsomer murders. What annoys me the most is that the story is just very illogical and of coincidences.

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avatar van filmfan0511


  • 974 messages
  • 1007 votes

Masterfully strong first half, a somewhat weaker last half hour. Comes right back here in most reviews, and I agree with myself. The strong part of the film is immediately very strong; what an extremely good atmosphere, a (sort of) realistic story, but very exciting and top acting performances; especially from Jackman, but also definitely from Gyllenhaal. I'm not the biggest fan of the latter, but here he was very strong.

It's a shame that the film weakens somewhat and takes unbelievable turns towards the end. With a slightly stronger script and ending this would have been an absolute top film. Still a very good film, but of a slightly more 'normal' level.

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avatar van Bottleneck


  • 8220 messages
  • 2092 votes

A well set up and nice straight forward story with a cool role by Gyllenhaal. The first one and a half or two hours are fine and atmospherically gray, not yet knowing where it all leads.

But then things go awry a few times. The puzzle pieces don't seem to make much sense, like reliving the kidnapping by the victim breaking in and stealing clothes (huh ), or Joy's parents who casually run away from the tortured boy, why doesn't he give immediately finds the kidnapster's location after he's found and doesn't blame the dark parents?.
And/or it has been rushed, for example the motive of the kidnapster - in short: a battle against God(?) - the sudden escape of Joy or something strange such as the fact that the perpetrator gives extensive text and explanation to the father which is not necessary for anything, except to explain it to the viewer in an unsubtle way.

Think it indicates too easy writing, largely intended to create wrong tracks that eventually turn out to hang loosely in the story. They detract from the promising construction, sin.

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