Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Paul Dano, Melissa Leo
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Synopsis: 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?
POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT AHEAD
Prisoners has been a pretty big box office smash around the world, and largely it is easy to see why. It currently holds an 8.1 rating on IMDb which is praise enough perhaps, but I just think that rating is either a bit too generous, or could even have been a bit higher if not for the ending.
Two of it’s two and a half hour run time are excellent. It is a well acted thriller, which I thought was reminiscent of another Gyllenhaal film, ‘Zodiac’. The trouble is, it kind of resorts to a Hollywood by numbers ending which tempers the brilliance of the rest of the movie. The movie did a good job of spinning a web as to who the kidnapper was, and did it intelligently and stylishly. But then when all was said and done it came down to the usual cars weaving at speed through traffic and bad guys telling you their life story whilst holding a gun against the good guys. It was a slight anticlimax.
It also raises some moral questions, about just how far you would go if one of your own children went missing. Hugh Jackman’s character would certainly go VERY far! Jackman and Gyllenhaal are both excellent (if you can ignore Jake’s strange blinking throughout the film). The supporting cast all played their parts well and I was really locked in to the movie throughout. But alas, it fell at the final hurdle.
So, a good effort, and for the most part a high scoring movie, but because of the average ending, I will rate Prisoners