Rent Prisoners (2013)

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Synopsis:
How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones, but a lack of evidence forces his release. As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, knowing his child's life is at stake the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands.
But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
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Directors:
Producers:
Kira Davis, Broderick Johnson, Adam Kolbrenner, Andrew A. Kosove
Writers:
Aaron Guzikowski
Others:
Roger A. Deakins
Studio:
E1 Entertainment
Genres:
Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/02/2014
Run Time:
147 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Every Moment Matters
  • Powerful Performances
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/02/2014
Run Time:
153 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Every Moment Matters
  • Powerful Performances

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Reviews (8) of Prisoners

Overlong, contrived - but watchable - thriller - Prisoners review by PV

The first thing to say is that this movie is 2 hours 20 minutes long. 30 minutes could have been cut, but it suffers from the modern Hollywood disease of stretching movies past the 2 hour point. Silence of the Lambs was around 90 minutes. Look and learn.

Secondly, the plot is full of coincidences and contrived plot points - and some holes. I simply don't believe the persons responsible would not have been caught or at least investigated earlier. The plot also 'jumps the shark' (the snake...) a wee bit.

Having said this, I enjoyed the film - interesting and believable characters, esp Jake G and the Mr Dover character - maintained the interest. Some of the minor characters went in for drama school histrionics (USA drama schools must teach this as I have seen examples of such hissy fits in many modern movies - but it really isn't believable).

The thriller maintains the interest and has some interesting - if contrived - twists and turns. Guessed the true situation early on, however, as I knew this is where a script writer would go.

3.5 stars.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

two thirds of an interesting thriller - Prisoners review by PC

It is a real shame that the makers decided to jump from an interesting drama regarding how you deal with a loss of a child to a seriously contrived conventional thriller by the end.

The acting is first rate, especially from Jake Gyllenhall who adds layers to the role of the cop investigating the disappearance. It is at the very least 30 minutes too long and just adds twist after twist until it loses all understanding of what was making the film interesting.

A shame really, but Gone Baby Gone is a much better film that tackles a similar subject.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Watch it! - Prisoners review by UF

A dramatic and emotionally draining thriller, that held my attention for the full 2 hours 20 minutes. The ensemble cast is first rate, however it's Hugh Jackman who impressed the most with a very raw and emotional portrayal of a man wanting to protect his family.

I definitely recommend this one.

My rating: 4/5

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Critic review

Prisoners review by George Hooper - Cinema Paradiso

There are many movies out there that think they are smarter than they actually are. Lucky Number Slevin for instance treats its audience like idiots until the predictable end. However at least Slevin is a fun romp, Prisoners treats its audience like they are morons and forces them to sit through an overly long, needlessly dark story of family and forced religious symbolism.

The film follows the story of Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), a father whose daughter goes missing along with another child in the neighbourhood. When police detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) cannot track down the kidnapper, Keller takes matters into his own hands and handles his own investigation, including discovering what a mentally handicapped man (Paul Dano) who was hanging around his house knows, by any means possible.

Filled with a plethora of highly respected and talented actors, Prisoners concentrates heavily on the psychological impact this kidnapping has had on them from Keller’s devolution into something vindictive and violent to Terrence Howard’s Franklin forgetting his moral life and his relationship with god for the sake of his child. Melissa Leo and Viola Davis also pop up for memorable cameos but the weight of the films story revolves around the corruption of Keller.

Jackman is fantastic as the unhinged father and Gyllenhaal makes a very physical and imposing detective. The real problem with Prisoners isn’t its actors, it’s the films story, a mess of predictable Law & Order tropes disguised as smart writing. As the film progresses the end becomes increasingly obvious as the films tense and atmospheric buildup gives way to cookie cutter dialogue and actions. The films police presence make the cops in Super Troopers look smart, something I never thought possible.

In fact the film's story really ends about 40 minutes into this almost 3 hour picture as the real killer emerges through a collection of badly sequenced clues. The films editing also proceeds to ruin what could have been a tense crime drama as it concentrates too heavily on the character beats. While you may be impressed by Jackman and the other strong character performances there is nothing here worth mentioning in terms of story.

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