Film Review | Prisoners directed by Denis Villeneuve

prisoners dvd coverJumping right in to a birthday or holiday meal, two friendly neighbor families get together for a celebration which spirals into a nightmare when both of their younger daughters go missing. Prisoners takes us along on the hunt for their kidnapper with Detective Gyllenhaal and shows the whirlwind of grief their parents and siblings suffer through as Jackman takes the law into his own hands. With leads in several different directions, this thriller will keep you rapt until all the clues are finally pieced together.

This is certainly not the movie for you to check out if you are looking for laughs, smiles or a happy ending, but if you are looking for a solid thriller with a hint of torture, this is it. Jackman and Gyllenhaal share the lead and do an excellent job with their characters. The tension in this film is taught – I’d call it a nail-biter, or cuticle-picker. The story twists and turns a few times and the connections are hinted at, but not given away – a psychological thriller that gets you trying to figure out who the real criminal is. Check out Prisoners from your local library if you can handle the wait list, otherwise check the local Red Box.

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About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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