Review by Lauren
IMDB Summary: When Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Review: I’ve been wanting to see this movie for awhile now, and I was finally able to do so this past weekend. If you love psychological thrillers, then you must watch this. In theaters, when it comes out on DVD; it doesn’t matter! Just get your hands on a copy.
As the brief summary states, Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is desperate to find his and his friend’s daughters, who went missing on Thanksgiving. The initial suspect is Alex Jones (played wonderfully by Paul Dano) but the police let him go after questioning doesn’t lead to any answers. The detective, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, is doing his best to find these girls…but it’s obvious he has his own issues and Dover isn’t helping matters. Dover is so obsessed with the idea that Alex Jones knows something that it leads him to doing horrific things.
Prisoners is intense, but it’s not overly gory. The violence is not gratuitous and does not occur over and over. Most of what happens is shown as an after affect or simply left to the imagination- which is often worse than seeing something. What I found fascinating about this movie is that the violence comes from the supposed “good guys” as well as the “bad.” There is a thin line between good and evil, desperate and deranged.
Everyone is a prisoner in this movie. The girls that were kidnapped, the parents and families that just want their kids back, and the title goes even further…but I don’t want to give too much away. I knew a bit more than I’m saying going in to the movie based on the previews, but I think it’s nice to know as little as possible if you can make it happen.
Obviously, this is a bit of an emotional film, and I would wager more so for actual parents. I think the actions of these parents will make you think “what if” and as for anything else concerning the children, I’d be happy to answer questions via email in case you’re curious! I don’t want to post too much that people would see as a spoiler.
In the end, I think this was a very well-done movie with amazing actors!