Do you like watching movies that make you think? Movies that stay with you for days after you watch the credits roll? If so, then Prisoners is the movie you need to put on your watch list.
No need to worry. This isn’t a documentary, a political movie, or anything that will bore you to death. Prisoners is as suspenseful as movies come. It grips you from the very first shot, all the way to its resounding final take.
What is Prisoners all about then? Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman star in this underrated flick, one that poses a very interesting question: How far would you go to find your missing child? And in asking this question throughout, Prisoners constantly causes us to dig deep and think about what our morals really are, and where we really stand on the tough decisions.
Hugh Jackman is Keller Dover, a modest and hardworking father who faces every parent’s worst nightmare when his daughter and her friend are kidnapped on Thanksgiving. Panic ensues, and soon the police are notified. Gyllenhaal delivers one of his best performances on screen as Detective Loki, the lawman assigned to the case.
With no leads aside from a run-down RV and a mentally unstable driver, frustrations and questions start to pile up. Hours soon turn into days, and both father and detective become more desperate and determined in their quest to bring both girls back safely.
Both Jackman and Gyllenhaal will captivate and mesmerize you throughout the entire two hours plus run time, and yet you won’t find yourself checking your watch.
Prisoners is one of those rare movies that holds your attention throughout the entire duration, and will probably continue to hold it long after the credits roll.
So what’s the verdict? This movie is about as perfectly done as movies come. My take is that it is a five out of five. Don’t take my word for it though, Snow College students also think very highly of Prisoners. Jess Larson says, “I love how the story draws you in. It’s a two and a half hour movie, but I was never checking my watch. From start to finish I was entertained. I love movies that make me ask questions about moral dilemmas. Four and a half out of five”.