Prisoners (15)

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Reviewer Darbs
31/10/2013
I thought this was a step up in tone from your average revenge thriller. It did have some interesting themes about justice, is beautifully shot and has committed and really solid performances. However, these plus points didn't save the film from some gaping holes in the plot in my opinion.
For example, why when the main witness/suspect goes missing is Jackman's character not interrogated or put under surveillance?
Also, the plot device of not putting the suspect under surveillance is completely unbelievable.
Why is there not a search of all empty or derelict buildings in the area when the girls go missing?
Where is "The Maze"?
If the Priests captor had confessed so much, how did The Priest not no more?
I found these and other holes just too silly and distracting and was bored by the end of the (over long) running time.
I think this film did become a parable and hence will have struck a chord with Americans. For this reason, it will have some Oscar potential for the performances. Please God! NOT best film.
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Reviewer Melmoth
30/09/2013
Great cinema experience that lasts two and a half hours - and not a minute is wasted. The plot, however, does at times teeter on the brink of becoming ridiculous - but the movie is carried off nonetheless by its A-list cast, cinematography, and powerful soundtrack. I came out wanting to watch it again. Not to be missed. And it's got Jake Gyllenhaal, of course. Worth the price of the entrance fee alone...
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