Flash Movie Review: Prisoners

The further technology advances the less personal it becomes is something everyone has heard. From what I have seen I believe it is true. For example, I have noticed a change in people’s reactions to amber alerts. Though everyone still acknowledges such news with sympathy, the feelings do not last long. Driving on the highways it is not uncommon to see an amber alert posted on the electronic signs hanging over the road. For myself, I will take note of the car’s description listed in the message but once I exit the highway the memory fades. With the immediate bombardment of news we get on a daily basis, the significance of each story bleeds into the next until all of it becomes this obscure sea of information that floats outside of us. That is not the case when it comes to this intense crime mystery movie; it brings the story down to a personal level. Hugh Jackman (X-Men franchise, The Prestige) in one of his best roles played Keller Dover, the father of a missing daughter. With his wife Grace, played by Maria Bello (Towelhead, Secret Window) suffering over the loss and Detective Loki’s, played by Jake Gyllenhaal (Zodiac, End of Watch), perceived inability to arrest a suspect; Keller would take matters into his own hands, doing whatever it would take to find his daughter. I was totally taken by Hugh’s wide-ranging performance; he was incredible. It was funny, at first I did not understand Jake’s character because I thought the acting was odd from him. But then slowly I began to grasp what Jake was doing and found his interpretation to be quite powerful. It was a different type of character for him and I felt he nailed it. Viola Davis (Won’t Back Down, The Help) as Nancy Birch and Melissa Leo (Frozen River, The Fighter) as Holly Jones were outstanding; Viola does suffering better than almost any other actress I know. The story was not simple; in fact, I feel I need to see this film again to really make some connections I thought I was missing due to some twists. This was a tough, emotional, in your face movie filled with raw emotions, prepare yourself. It is one thing to hear or read about a crime; it is another to see it unfold in front of your eyes. There were several scenes of violence with blood.


3 1/2 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on September 23, 2013, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I haven’t seen it, but I think it would be easy for Hugh Jackman to play the role because he has a small daughter himself IRL.

  2. I agree, it was in your face. Good review.

  3. Do you ever review old movies like pay it forward, or spirtual movies. We are interested in that sort of thing and getting a list of good ones to share with famiiies.

    • I have and will continue to review older movies. However, I tend to see more after the Oscar season where I spend more time at the theaters. Off the top of my head I cannot remember the dates where I reviewed the oldies but goodies. If you have the time all I can suggest is to go through some of the months and see what you find. Thanks for stopping by to leave your comments.

  4. The Dancing Rider

    Am really looking forward to this one. Your review has encouraged me further!

  5. Thanks so much for the like. I hope you will visit again soon and often. I love movies and will enjoy your site as well. Namaste. . . .

  6. I loved this film. And I agree, this is one of Jackman’s best performances–if not the best. I also loved how Jake G. gave Det. Loki the nervous tick of constantly blinking his eyes.

    • Hey Victor it has been some time since I heard from you. I hope all is going okay for you. So glad you loved this film as much as I did. You are spot on for mentioning the nervous tick; great acting from Jake.

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