Monday, September 23 2013, 08:13 PM MDT
Movie Review: Prisoners
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Denis Villenueve
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Recommended To: Those looking for a decent kidnapping thriller with abundant twists.
Synopsis: When Keller Dovers (Hugh Jackman) daughter and her friend are kidnapped and police release the prime suspect Dover is compelled to begin his own investigation.
Review: Screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski has packed Prisoners with so many twists that the film almost justifies its 153-minute runtime. Almost. The problem is that there are parts of the story that are so spelled out that its amazing that the characters, particularly Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal), cant connect the dots even though they are plainly set before him. Fortunately the film, nor its characters, is too simple minded to undermine the general tension and rollercoaster ride that director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) takes us on. The cast is quite good and while that doesn't completely cover up the scripts deficiencies it does make Prisoners very watchable. Had Guzikowski been less interested in leading the audience astray and more focused on giving depth to more of the characters the film could have been more satisfying. It's also interesting to note that the film isn't nearly as gruesome as I expected. This isn't a David Fincher film and in many ways that's somewhat disappointing.
-Ryan Michael Painter