Movie review: Prisoners


Crime thriller/152 minutes

Rating: 4/5

This could easily have been a run-of-the-mill, crime-of-the-week telemovie-type affair. But in the hands of French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, Prisoners is a gripping thriller that does not let up until the final frame.

In the film, six-year-old Anna and Joy, seven, are abducted during Thanksgiving.

Suspicion falls on Alex Jones (Paul Dano). Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) races against time as he tries to track down the girls. And Anna's father, Keller Dover, (Hugh Jackman) will do anything to get her back.

Jackman's intense grief and explosive anger make Dover a man you absolutely would not want to cross, while Gyllenhaal humanises the dogged Loki with his habit of blinking furiously when he gets frustrated.

No doubt about it, Prisoners will hold you captive as well.

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