Prisoners is a 2013 American thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve that has an ensemble cast including Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano.
Movies with ensemble casts tend to arrest my attention; there must be something about the film to make all these A-list actors decide to feature in it (I can assure you it’s probably not the pay-check).
To cut the whole 2hrs 33mins of film short, the movie is about two girls who were kidnapped on their street and the search carried out to find them.
‘Prisoners’ is not a film for the immature, it delves into areas of emotional complexity and ethical decisions that one cannot fathom to understand without experience….. A great man once said, you cannot be a faithful high priest until you have experienced what the other person is experiencing first hand….this is an example of such times.
Great performances from all the actors but I would like to commend Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal! Hugh sheds his wolverine persona and pours out a character so emotionally torn yet strategically thinking and looking for a way to find his daughter. He is the only one barking up the right tree but he is not deterred as the fate of his daughter is the most important thing at the moment.
Jake Gyllenhaal is torn between the laxity of the law he represents and his desire to ensure he finds two missing little girls.
Prisoners presents you with a story that would make you ask, ‘what would I do’ or at least make you argue with your friends the ethical correctness of decisions carried out by the characters. It would also leave a couple of us with the, ‘God forbid’ syndrome and others with the, ‘thank God we don’t have crazy people like that here’ syndrome. Whichever the case, you cannot but have emotions boiling up to the surface while watching Prisoners.
The most amazing thing about the film however to me is the end. I tend to really detest climaxes like this one (I hated the end of ‘The Place Beyond The Pines’) but I cannot help but feel like it was an exceptional way to end this particular story.
Take out time to watch this film if you haven’t already, it is amazing story telling with solid acting all wrapped into a potential awards magnet. You don’t want to wonder, when it starts snatching em statuettes.