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The worst nightmare of all parents becomes a terrible reality for two married couples from Pennsylvania. When little Anna (Erin Gerasimovich), daughter of Keller (Hugh Jackman) and Grace Dover (Maria Bello), disappears without a trace at a Thanksgiving dinner together with Joy (Kyla-Drew Simmons), daughter of Franklin (Terrence Howard) and Nancy Birch (Viola Davis), the desperate ones have to reckon with the worst. While Grace is falling into a paralyzing state of shock, Keller does everything in his power to find his beloved child again. Although investigating detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) promises to do everything in his power to find the girls again, Keller doesn't believe that the police can really help them. When Loki also has to release the only suspect, the mentally retarded Alex Jones (Paul Dano), although the evidence speaks against him, Keller is finally convinced that only he can save his daughter - and so he takes the law into his own hands&.hellip;
With "Prisoners" Canadian director Denis Villeneuve delivers a more than worthy and no less intense successor to his Oscar-nominated drama "The Woman Who Sings". Carried by great actors and immersed in a gloomy and sad picture language, "Prisoners" completely captures its audience after a few minutes and keeps its suspense almost constantly high over long stretches of the almost two and a half hours running time. There are always very long, quiet moments in which something really exciting doesn't happen or the plot is fast-paced. But due to the atmosphere underlying the production and the intensity of the story, the power with which the viewer is literally pushed into his seat hardly diminishes even in these silent scenes.
Surely one should have a weakness for thrillers that are less determined by action and primarily by very human drama and fundamental questions about morality, reason and vigilante justice. There are indeed some scenes in which the viewer is exposed to extreme brutality. Nevertheless, "Prisoners" is first and foremost a movie that takes place on a deeply emotional and also intellectual level. Villeneuve doesn't want to simply sprinkle its audience with light, exciting entertainment. It demands a lot from the viewer, whereby it is of enormous importance that the brain is not handed over at the box office, as is the case with many other films, but remains constantly activated.
Besides the thrillingly staged story and the oppressively great work of cameraman Roger A. Deakins, "Prisoners" can unfold its full power especially through the play of the actors. All those involved deliver a very high level of performance here, be it Paul Dano, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo or a really outstanding Jake Gyllenhaal. But the greatest impression is undoubtedly made by Hugh Jackman. He plays the rough-and-ready craftsman, who is driven to extreme despair out of fear for his daughter's life, with a strength and intensity that he has never seen before in this form. At least an Oscar nomination is obligatory for this achievement!
"Prisoners" plays skilfully with the classic motifs of the thriller, provides here and there with cleverly placed twists for the surprises that are necessary to maintain the very high level of tension and spices it up with interesting and emotionally stirring character drawings that reduce any emotional distance to the viewer. Of course, this makes the movie even more intense. However, this isn't quite enough for a perfect movie enjoyment, as the ending could have been a bit more consequent or at least a bit more ambiguous. The big punch in the pit of the stomach, which Villeneuve handed out in "The Woman Who Sings", is unfortunately missing here, although the potential for it was almost within reach. However, even though the movie's effect is a little bit diminished at the end, Denis Villeneuve manages to create a really outstanding thriller, which proves that challenging entertainment cinema, which makes you think long after the credits are over, is quite possible. And viewers who appreciate such thriller dramas should definitely pay tribute to this with a visit to the cinema. Absolutely worth seeing!
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