Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Prisoners (2013)

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writer:    Aaron Guzikowski
Cast:       Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano

Keller Dover's (Hugh Jackman) daughter goes missing along with her friends and he takes matters into his own hands even as the Police investigates the case using the leadership of Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal).

It is really an engrossing watch as we are filled with dread whole the way through but one feels its just a few plot twists too many. The same could be said of Villenueve's critically acclaimed previous film 'Incendies' which was larger in scope and therefore one can be more forgiving. Performances are great especially by Gyllenhaal and Jackman, and Paul Dano plays another psycho role. It is really a very good watch but I don't think it will stand up to scrutiny on second watch and plenty of plot holes to fill. It has got a very similar feel to 'Mystic River' which I liked even less.

Rating: 3/5