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Prisoners (2013)

Director:
Denis Villeneuve

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Thriller

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Prisoners

RUNNING TIME
153 minutes

Producer:
Broderick Johnson
Kira Davis
Andrew A. Kosove
Adam Kolbrenner

Screenwriters:
Aaron Guzikowski


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Keller Dover Hugh Jackman
Detective Loki Jake Gyllenhaal
Nancy Birch Viola Davis
Grace Dover Maria Bello
Franklin Birch Terrence Howard
Holly Jones Melissa Leo
Alex Jones Paul Dano
Mr. Jones Dennis Christopher -
Ralph Dover Dylan Minnette -
Officer Carter Brad James -
Eliza Birch Zo Soul -
Erin Gerasimovich Anna Dover -
Captain Richard O'Malley Wayne Duvall -

 

Review

In this part ghost story, part delve into the ugliest depths of human behaviour, two couples (played by Hugh Jackman/Maria Bello and Terrence Howard/Viola David) must deal with the disappearance of their respective daugters, Anna and Joy. Jake Gyllenhaal is the detective assigned to the case, which turns out to be multifaceted, complex and perhaps even grotesque. Director Denis Villeneuve (Enemy, Arrival) creates a harrowing, nailbiting atmosphere right from the outset, and he is helped by devoted performances by an ensemble of acting talent. One can really feel Hugh Jackman's aggression, Viola Davis' frustration and Jake Gyllenhaal's ambivalence as the hours turn into days and the search for the two girls seems to have reached a stalemate. The main dilemma Aaron Guzikowski's script poses, which shall remain unreferred here, is what makes the film such a harrowing experience both for your senses and your sensibilities. The film's greatest merit is the complexity of the ethical question it raises, even if the framework used to do so ultimately cannot avoid feeling a little contrived and sensationalistic. The often unsung Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood, 12 Years a Slave) is remarkable in his role as Alex Jones.

Copyright 15.03.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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